2020 Missouri Preceptor Academy

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Supported by an educational grant from APS.

This educational activity is jointly provided by AXIS Medical Education and MHA Health Institute.
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Date & Location

Wednesday, March 18

BJC Learning Institute
8300 Eager Rd.
St. Louis

Register on or before Friday, Mar. 6.

MHA member — $99
Nonmember — $199

The registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and program materials. Class size is limited. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

A confirmation email will guarantee registration and include a link to a Myers-Briggs assessment that you must complete by the date indicated on your confirmation to receive the assessment at the preceptor academy for which you have registered.


Any registered nurse or allied health employee serving as a preceptor in a health care setting. A preceptor is responsible for introducing students and/or new employees to the profession. Preceptors are responsible for orientation to policies, procedures and the dynamics of clinical environments. Preceptors act as role models, educators, socializers, evaluators, protectors, and eventually, as mentors. Preceptors model new skills, observe and help the student or new employee with these skills, and evaluate competency.


Dedicated and competent preceptors are vital to the success of our health care organizations and to the retention of health care professionals. Our mission is to take a proactive approach in the education and support of preceptors in the health care community.


The Missouri Preceptor Academy is a training program for hospital or health care employees serving as preceptors to guide new employees, new graduates and students through the onboarding and competence validation process of unique clinical environments. This interactive program provides information and practical tools to improve preceptor abilities. As a preceptor, you can make the difference in how a new employee adjusts to your hospital.


Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • describe essential preceptor knowledge and skills
  • describe strategies to facilitate the transition of health care professionals
  • outline strategies to improve the retention of health care professionals
  • develop ongoing support mechanisms for preceptors


7:30 a.m. — Registration/Continental Breakfast

8 a.m. — Overview of the Preceptor’s Role

8:50 a.m. — Identifying Learning Needs and Developing Strategies

9:30 a.m. — Break

9:45 a.m. — Critical Thinking Activity

10 a.m. — Workplace Socialization

11 a.m. — Self Awareness: Emotional Intelligence Personality

Noon — Lunch (provided)

12:45 p.m. — Self Awareness: Emotional Intelligence Personality (continued)

1:30 p.m. — Conflict Resolution

2:45 p.m. — Break

3 p.m. — Evaluation and Feedback

3:45 p.m. — Legal Considerations

4 p.m. — Summary

4:30 p.m. — Adjournment


Kristine Hart L’Ecuyer, Ph.D., R.N., CNL
Saint Louis University
School of Nursing

Kristine Hart L’Ecuyer is an associate professor of nursing and the associate dean for undergraduate and prelicensure students at the Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing at Saint Louis University. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri; the University of Alabama, Birmingham; and Saint Louis University. L’Ecuyer has been involved with preceptor education for more than 20 years as a hospital educator and as a faculty member working with undergraduate and graduate students and their preceptors.

Her clinical background includes critical care nursing of adult and pediatric thoracic and cardiothoracic patients, including heart and lung transplant recipients at the University of Missouri, the University of Alabama and St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis. She has been on the faculty at Saint Louis University since 1993, teaching undergraduate medical-surgical clinicals, clinical capstone courses, advanced pathophysiology and leadership, and she formerly was the director of the continuing nursing education department. Her research interests include preceptor issues, transition to practice, nursing students with learning disabilities, and interprofessional education and collaboration.

Susan VunCannon, MSN, R.N., CCRN
Centerpoint Ambulatory Surgical Center

Susan VunCannon graduated from the Research School of Nursing in Kansas City, Mo., in 1978 with a diploma in nursing. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Webster University in 1994 and her Master of Science in rural and family nursing, nursing education track, graduating from Central Missouri State University in 2003. She has held her Critical Care Registered Nurse certification in adult critical care nursing since 1989, and she is a national member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

VunCannon is one of three registered nurses from the Kansas City area who developed and presented the original Nurse Preceptor Program through the Kansas City Metropolitan Healthcare Council. Her clinical experience has been in intensive care and emergency nursing. She served as a clinical educator for St. Mary’s Medical Center for more than 20 years and has practiced clinically in the emergency department and intensive care unit for nearly 40 years. VunCannon has a vested interest in the precepting program as her master’s thesis was written on the topic of nurse precepting and she has served as a preceptor in multiple clinical areas.

Continuing Education

Accreditation Statement
Participants must attend the program in its entirety and complete an evaluation to receive a certificate of completion and continuing education contact hours.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the AXIS Medical Education and MHA Health Institute. AXIS Medical Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit Designation for Nursing
AXIS Medical Education designates this continuing nursing education activity for 7.25 contact hours.

Learners are advised that accredited status does not imply endorsement by the provider or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with an activity.

Requirements for credit:

  • Attend/participate in the educational activity and review all course materials.
  • Complete the CE Attestation process online by 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday, April 15. Instructions will be provided. If you do not enter the online portal by the above date, you will not be able to retrieve your statement of participation.
  • Upon successful completion of the online form, your statement of completion will be presented to you to print.

AXIS Contact Information
For information about the accreditation of this program please contact AXIS at info@axismeded.org.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
AXIS Medical Education requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by AXIS for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this continuing education activity:

 Name of Faculty or Presenter  Reported Financial Relationship
 Kristine Hart L-Ecuyer, Ph.D., R.N., CNL  Nothing to disclose
 Susan VunCannon, MSN, R.N., CCRN  Nothing to disclose

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this continuing education activity:

 Name of Planner/Manager  Reported Financial Relationship
 Jean Klindt  Nothing to disclose
 Dee Morgillo, M.Ed., CHCP  Nothing to disclose
 Kristine Hart L-Ecuyer, Ph.D., R.N., CNL  Nothing to disclose
 Susan VunCannon, MSN, R.N., CCRN  Nothing to disclose

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Americans With Disabilities Act
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we will make every reasonable effort to accommodate your request. For any special requests, please contact Jean Klindt, MHA, Manager of Workforce Programs at jklindt@mhanet.com before the meeting dates.