Pegasus Nurse Wins Prize

Jeanette Banks has trained many nurses during her 20-year preceptorship, but one in particular, Brooke Jay from East Care Health said she felt incredibly lucky to have Jeanette’s guidance, which is why Jeanette won the Nursing Prize for Clinical Preceptorship (NetP/ENSIPP).

Brooke described Jeanette’s mentorship as always ensuring a safe environment for growth and opportunities.

“Jeanette has been the best preceptor I could have asked for and I am very lucky to have her guidance. She has taught me the value of providing equitable care to Māori, Pasifika and low-socioeconomic people,” Brooke said.

Not only does Jeanette go above and beyond for her patients, she has trained Brooke with invaluable skills that she will take with her for the rest of her career. The Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Department of Nursing Award for Clinical Teaching or Preceptorship is presented every year to a registered nurse who has precepted another registered nurse in their first year of nursing. It is an extremely important role that includes mentorship, coaching and imparting knowledge around clinical skills.

“I truly valued the nomination from Brooke. Winning this award gave me the affirmation that I do get it right! I work hard at ensuring nurses’ learning is a priority and they are not just viewed as an extra pair of hands. I highly value students and new graduates and the learnings they can bring. It’s a win-win for both them and my professional practice,” Jeanette said.

If you would like to become a preceptor you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a current practising certificate in a Registered Nurse scope of practice
  • Be registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand in ‘good standing’ (no restrictions that would negatively impact your ability to perform as a clinical preceptor
  • Successfully completed a preceptor training programme
  • Have knowledge of the NetP programme learning framework, toolkits and PDRP requirements
  • Appropriate experience within the clinical service area where they are providing preceptorship