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, opportunities for demonstration of skills, time on call, and financial obligations.
- The apprentice, if at all possible, should have the NARM application at the beginning of the apprenticeship, and should have all relevant documentation signed at the time of the experience rather than waiting until the completion of the apprenticeship.
In response to multiple requests for clarification about the role of the Preceptor in the NARM application/certification process, NARM has developed the following guidelines based on the instructions set forth in the Candidate Information Bulletin. These guidelines are recommendations for successful completion of the application documentation.
- The preceptor and applicant together should:
- Review the three (3) separate practice documents required by NARM—Practice Guidelines, Informed Consent, and Emergency Care Form.
- Review all client charts (or clinical verification forms from a MEAC accredited school) referenced on the NARM Application and confirm that the preceptor and applicant names/signatures appear on each part of the chart/form that is being referenced.
- Confirm that the signatures/initials of the applicant and preceptor are on every chart/form for: initial exam, history and physical exam, complete prenatal exams, labor, birth and immediate postpartum exam, newborn exam, and complete follow-up post partum exams listed on the NARM Application. Be sure the numbers written on the application forms are the same number of signatures/initials for both the applicant and the preceptor on the charts/forms.
- Check all birth dates and dates of all exams for accuracy.
- Check all codes to make sure there are no duplicate code numbers. Each client must have their own unique code. If there is more than one birth with any given client, there must be a different code assigned for each subsequent birth.