EFFECTIVE PRECEPTING TO ENHANCE COMMUNICATION SKILLS OF PHARMACY STUDENTS

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ABOUT AUTHORS
Srinivasa Babu Puttagunta, Sowjanya Pulipati, Sai Koushik Oruganti
Vignan Pharmacy College, Vadlamudi, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
kaushikoruganti555@gmail.com

ABSTRACT
Introduction: Clinical pharmacists work directly with doctors, health professionals and patients to ensure that the medications prescribed for patients contribute to the best possible health outcomes. Therefore, pharmacy students should be given opportunities to learn and practice interpersonal communication skills.

Objectives: This observes opinions the position of the pharmacist preceptor in facilitating improvement of conversation capabilities for students participating in community in community advanced pharmacy practice experiences.

Material and methods: Preceptors need to set a stage to comprise precepting into the workflow and to offer green and effective teaching opportunities. College students ought to go through practical activities like affected person counseling  and participating in collaborative work with health care professionals. Preceptors should incorporate the teaching in a lively and demonstrative way for a better impact on their students.
Results and discussion: By following a strategic approach in the methods of teaching the preceptors can effectively and likely enhance the communication skills of the students.

Conclusion: The incorporation of communication skills to pharmacy practice can positively impact the pharmacy site, preceptor, student and more importantly patient.

REFERENCE ID: PHARMATUTOR-ART-2444

PharmaTutor (ISSN: 2347 - 7881)

Volume 4, Issue 11

Received On: 09/06/2016; Accepted On: 29/06/2016; Published On: 01/11/2016

How to cite this article: Puttagunta SB, Pulipati S, Oruganti SK; Effective precepting to enhance Communication Skills of Pharmacy Students; PharmaTutor; 2016; 4(11); 27-32

INTRODUCTION
Pharmacists work directly with doctors, health   professionals and patients to ensure that the medications prescribed for sufferers make contributions to the best possible health outcomes. Therefore, pharmacy college students need to be given opportunities to learn and practice interpersonal conversation skills. [1-2]

COMMUNICATION SKILL
The capacity of pharmacist to communicate virtually with patients, physicians and nurses.

POOR COMMUNICATION
Poor communication skill between pharmacist and patient leads to:
-erroneous affected person medicinal drug history
-irrelevant healing decisions
-ends in patient confusion, affected person disinterest and patient non-compliance        

 

Learning Objectives
• Apprehend and internalize that in your function as preceptor, you are a tangible and powerful role version for students.
• Describe four key attributes that lead one to grow to be a powerful preceptor.
• Specify the traits of a premiere gaining knowledge of environment at the experiential exercise web page, and expand practical rotation goals & expectations of college students.
• Compare and specific to the pupil vital formative and summative remarks for the duration of the experiential rotation.
• Examine & take delivery of pertinent constructive critique of the experiential imparting from the students.
• Dedicate yourself to ongoing preceptor improvement & networking possibilities.

 Understanding the Preceptor Role: What is a “Preceptor”?
 
Preceptor: An instructor; a teacher. A professional or professional, inclusive of a physician, who offers practical experience and schooling to a student. A preceptor is a qualified practitioner who offers transitional role support and effective scientific gaining knowledge of for a scholar inside a collegial partnership. A preceptor helps the increase and improvement of a student for a predetermined duration of time with the precise reason of socializing and integrating that student into a new position. A preceptor wears the hat of teacher, coach, mentor, facilitator, and educate. [3-4]

METHODS

Four Keys to Effective Precepting
•  Communications & practice
•  Skillful teaching
•  Motivating the Learner
•  Careful evaluation of the Learner
•  Explains the basis for movements & choices
•  Solutions learner questions clearly & precisely, in non-judgmental way
•  Is open to conflicting ideas and opinions
•  Communicates clean dreams & rotation targets
•  Provide written rotation agenda on day 1
•  Evaluation rotation targets on day 1; ask college students for any changes
•  Holds realistic expectancies of college students:
•  #, kind, best of assignments
•  Captures learner’s interest & makes studying amusing!
•  Makes the learner experience like a priority

Careful Analysis of the Learner
•  Accurately assesses the learner’s knowledge, attitudes and competencies
•  Makes use of direct observation of the learner
•  Provides frequent and effective remarks to students on rotation
•  Plays honest and thoughtful critiques
•  Files pupil progress frequently, giving adequate “warning” and opportunity for development if rotation failure is a robust possibility
•  If remediation vital, makes use of the assessment/consequences record to gauge scholar overall performance and behavior greater common (than midpoint/final) opinions w/ clear coaching on development.

Skillful Teaching and Practice
  Demonstrates skillful interactions with sufferers
  Presents powerful role modeling
  Gives statistics with employer and readability
  Organizes and controls the getting to know enjoy
  Offers suitable duty to the learner
  Balances scientific and coaching responsibilities
  Offers ample gaining knowledge of possibility at the website (carry out interest, be evaluated, see outcomes of interventions/tasks)

Motivating the Learner
•  Emphasizes hassle solving
•  Promotes active involvement of the learner
•  Demonstrates amusement and enthusiasm for patient care and coaching
•  Develops a supportive dating with the learner

Figure 1 shows the four keys to effective precepting

Figure 2 shows the Optimal Experiential Learning Environment

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