This quantitative, descriptive study examined the specific factors that novice surgical technologists (preceptees) and practicing surgical technologists (preceptors) perceived as important to a successful learning partnership. The Learning Partnership Survey was administered to a convenience sample of 66 surgical technologists employed at an acute healthcare surgical facility and a women’s surgical facility in South Central Pennsylvania. The survey required participants to rank 15 identified factors in order of their importance to successful learning partnerships. The 15 preceptor factors identified within the Learning Partnership Survey were: (a) Knowledge of objectives, (b) communication skills, (c) knowledge of the preceptoring process, (d) the ability to give and receive constructive criticism, (e) professionalism, (f) knowledge of the course plan, (g) attitude toward teaching and learning, (h) motivation, (i) workload expectation, (j) self-confidence and assertiveness, (k) clinical competence, (l) flexibility, (m) consistency of preceptor and preceptee assignment, (n) adequate unit staffing, and (o) compatibility. The present study was effective in two ways. First, the study succeeded in identifying the specific factors that novice surgical technologists (preceptees) and practicing surgical technologists (preceptors) perceived as important to a successful clinical learning partnership. The population, surgical technologists employed in the operating room environment, had not been studied from the preceptor or preceptee perspectives. Research on this specific population was extremely limited. Second, the present study revealed that although differences in perceptions of successful learning partnership factors existed, these differences were not statistically significant.
|Advisor:||Sienrukos, John C.|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 74/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Adult education, Health education|
|Keywords:||Learning partnerships, Surgical technologists|
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