Development of a preceptorship/mentorship program for endocrine nurses in British Columbia




Tan, Mabel

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British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital (BCCH), Child Health BC (CHBC) and their regional partners have been exploring ways to provide high quality, standardized health care closer to home to children throughout the province requiring sub-specialty health care. Many of the sub-specialty programs are providing outreach or telemedicine services as well as capacity building support to the regional areas. In the endocrinology program at BCCH, outreach activities have been ongoing for approximately seven years with a push to increase outreach activities to other regions. As an advanced practice nurse in this department, my role has been to advocate for, and support the nursing contribution to these outreach activities. This has led to the development of a capacity building and mentorship program. The goal of this program is to provide support and mentorship to nurses working with pediatric endocrine patients throughout the province. Our hope is that the program will strengthen collaboration, standardize care, further best practice and ultimately improve the health of pediatric endocrine patients throughout BC. In fulfillment of my Masters of Nursing project, I plan to describe and provide evidence based rationale for this program. As well, I will outline a plan for conducting an evaluation of the program to determine whether the program is successful in strengthening pediatric endocrine nursing care in regional clinics throughout BC and whether changes need to be made as we implement the program across regions.



endocrine nurses, nurses, mentorship, preceptorship