Preceptors find challenges delegating responsibility to students while still being able to intervene, and bug-in-ear technology may be a tool that can help overcome some of these challenges with clinical supervision. The purpose of this study was to obtain preceptors’ and students’ perceptions of supervision with and without the use of bug-in-ear technology. Participants described that increasing the distance between preceptors and students helps promote confidence and autonomy, particularly when supervision is adapted to students with different abilities and experience. Participants thought bug-in-ear technology helped them increase the distance between preceptors and students while maintaining communication. Preceptors should continue to adapt supervision of students according to their educational needs and development levels while maintaining patient safety, which can be done by altering the distance between them and the students with tools such as bug-in-ear technology.
Sara L. Nottingham is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences at the University of New Mexico.
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