In validating the apprenticeship as a valuable form of education and training for midwifery, NARM appreciates the many variations in the preceptor/apprentice relationship. In upholding the professional demeanor of midwifery, it is important that each party in the relationship strive to maintain a sense of cooperation and respect for one another. While some preceptor/apprentice relationships …Read more »
In validating the apprenticeship model as a valuable form of education and training for midwifery, NARM appreciates the many variations in the preceptor/student relationship. NARM has developed materials to help guide preceptors and students through the process of validating knowledge and skills as part of the certification process.
The Portfolio Evaluation Process (PEP) is a valuable educational option for CPM candidates, allowing for hands-on apprenticeship training for student midwives. In order to maintain the integrity of the PEP process, it is necessary to register all midwives who choose to become preceptors of PEP candidates.
A NARM Registered Preceptor is a midwife who meets requirements for supervising CPM candidates and has current, approved registration through NARM. The Registered Preceptor must be credentialed as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), Certified Midwife (CM); or s/he must be a licensed practitioner legally recognized by a state/jurisdiction to provide maternity care. A preceptor must have an additional three years of experience after credentialing or fifty primary/co-primary births beyond entry-level CPM requirements. Additionally, s/he must also have ten continuity of care births beyond entry-level CPM requirements. A preceptor must have attended a minimum of ten out-of-hospital births in the last three years.
Effective January 1, 2017, NARM Preceptors must be registered before supervising any clinicals documented on a student’s NARM Application. Skills/clinicals signed off after that date by a preceptor who is not registered with NARM will be invalid.
For questions or clarification, please contact the NARM Applications Department at 931-964-4234 or 888-426-1280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help NARM candidates achieve exceptional training and a satisfactory relationship from their apprenticeship, NARM makes the following recommendations: The preceptor and apprentice should have a clear understanding of the responsibilities of each person to the other, including the time expected to be spent in one-on-one training, classroom or small group study, self-study, clinical observation, …Read more »
NARM takes very seriously the responsibility of the preceptor to teach midwifery skills and knowledge to students and to accurately assess the student’s ability to perform as a primary midwife. Requirements are made very clear in NARM materials and on documents signed by the student and preceptor. When evidence presents itself that a preceptor is not following the requirements specified, NARM has the responsibility to revoke the right of that preceptor to sign off on CPM applications.
It is the responsibility of all applicants to ensure that their preceptors meet NARM eligibility requirements.
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