FMH clinical instructor adds duties in nurse education

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FARMINGTON — Taffy Davis, a clinical instructor at Franklin Memorial Hospital, has added part-time duties as a lead clinical instructor for the Maine Nurse Preceptor Education Program, which is offered by Lunder-Dineen-Health Education Alliance of Maine in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital.

The MNPEP, developed by several Maine nurse educators under the Maine Partners in Nursing Education and Practice, began as a pilot in 2013 and included online coursework and a face-to-face workshop.

MNPEP is broadening and expanding under Lunder-Dineen, offering free, easily accessible and evidence-based education to Maine health care professionals. Its goal is to improve the overall health of Maine residents by expanding their health knowledge and by advancing the skills and expertise of Maine health professionals.

Davis additionally is authoring an online module for a charge nurse program that is in development by the Association of Nurses in Professional Development.

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“These programs show the evolution of education for hospital-based nurses. It’s exciting to be a part of developing and providing education, not only for nurses at Franklin Memorial Hospital, but for Maine nurses and even those nationwide,” Davis said in a news release.

Davis has worked at Franklin Memorial Hospital since 1987. During her tenure, she has worked in the emergency department, managed several nursing departments and currently works in the education department. Davis has a Master’s of Science in nursing, is board certified in nursing professional development, and has completed classes in online learning and instructional design.

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