"A leader is best when people barely know he exists;
when his work is done and his aim is fulfilled,
they will say: We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu
Help for Preceptors and AITs (both)
(scroll down for the Flashcards...)
There are also some "frequently asked questions" about our AIT program... CLICK HERE to see those answers.
This is none too fancy, however, it's a start in the right direction. What we're putting here is the latest tool we have for Preceptors to use to be able to tailor the AIT Program to their AIT. It's all fillable PDF and comes with directions... but let's explain it a little before we go into it. WE THOUGHT WE WERE ON TO SOMETHING REALLY GOOD HERE and early feedback from those who were using it was VERY positive! And now what we were doing was adopted and included in the NAB/ACHCA AIT Program Manual. AITs...be sure to see the BOTTOM of this section (it's all worth reading so don't quit halfway through...). You can (and should) download the NAB/ACHCA Manual - available at https://nab.academy.reliaslearning.com/category.aspx?zcid=9648
It STARTS with the AIT going in and doing a "Self-Assessment" based on their knowledge/experience with various Administrator tasks expected of them as they relate to the 5 Domains of Practice as defined by the NAB. Since Oklahoma's AIT Program translates into various modules, and such self-assessment tools in the past have not translated well for us, we translated those responses directly into our modules, so the Preceptor can now see their incoming AIT's strengths and weaknesses relative to either (or both) the Domains of Practice OR our training modules.
Next, the Preceptor can adjust the assigned hours in each of these areas (sub-domains) and tweak the hours in each module and this in turn feeds into a "Plan of Study" where the Preceptor would IDEALLY sit down with the department heads and discuss "learning activities" that would be good for the AIT to learn more about each of the areas required, and specifically focus on the "weak" areas as identified by the AIT him/herself.
We have even included "Sample" learning activities to get the ideas rolling so the Department Heads and the Preceptor (as well as the AIT) have a better idea of what they "should" be getting out of their time in each of the departments (modules). These are just "ideas" and are not "complete." You can do other things - many other things!
The Preceptor will likely want to download this file him/herself (link above) and perhaps, in advance, go over some learning activities with the Department Heads and go ahead and "save" them in the Plan of Study (the actual activities may not change too much from AIT to AIT though the time spent may change considerably based on their individual experiences/knowledge). The first time the Preceptor does this, it may feel like a lot of work but subsequent times, if you do it right (and save it), it will be MUCH easier and the benefits should greatly outweigh those costs...your Department Heads will know what it is they should be teaching the AIT, you'll know what they're supposed to be learning and the AIT will also know what they should be getting and ultimately, the AIT should be better prepared for reality as well as the NAB exam...and you should try to include some focus in the plan of study on helping prepare them directly for that NAB exam as well -- and the Preceptor will also benefit from this process and be a better administrator from these things as well. There is nothing wrong with giving them practice test questions that relate to the various domains along the way, etc. Take your role as the Preceptor seriously -- be proud that YOUR AIT's usually pass the NAB exam the first time!
A prospective AIT who does this self-assessment in advance will want to save it on a flashdrive or some other media to be able to give it to their Preceptor (emailing it may also work) so they can make the adjustments to the file and tailor it (and may also expect that IF the Preceptor has a file already that he/she may want you to do the assessment on their file so the numbers will feed into their Plan of Study they've already been preparing, but only modifying at this point based on the results of that self-assessment.
Older/experienced Preceptors may also note that the "standard" times allotted to the different modules (departments) have changed...significantly in some of the modules. This is a direct result of the ability to use this tool and see how much time is spent in each module and how that translated into the various Domains of Practice....the current recommendation for a "starting point" was made by a group of 15 administrators, 9 of whom were seasoned preceptors already. The "balance" of these changes better reflects the emphasis of the NAB's Domain of Practice percentages to mirror those percentages more closely.
So, get your copy of this "Self Assessment Tool" (linked above). This new version includes a lot more tools for Preceptors and AITs (to include a "Glossary" of terms - the same information as you would find in the FLASHCARDS below...) as well as some background about the development of the tool itself. And please provide any feedback to us so we can continually help NAB improve this product and the AIT Experience. You can read more and find links at this NAB page that discusses the AIT Manual and the "free" Preceptor Training modules.
FLASHCARDS...Study Aid for our AITs...
Here's some additional "help" for you if you're so inclined to use "flash cards" to do some studying as you prepare for the NAB NHA (and Core) Exam...links are in the NAB AIT manual... they WERE ours but now NAB has incorporated them into the AIT Manual (they are that good, that thorough and that important to study...).
AS IMPORTANT AS THE FLASHCARDS (or the information in them) are (is)...
Perhaps, THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM
may be found in the Annotation Study (which you can find on NAB's website...).
BUT WE'VE DONE YOU THE SERVICE OF
BREAKING IT DOWN BY LINE OF SERVICE ALREADY!
So, PRECEPTORS and AITs
(ALL licensure candidates...whatever you call yourself...) -
PAY ATTENTION HERE...
If you, as a Preceptor, are trying to figure out
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR AIT for the CORE or the LINE OF SERVICE EXAM,
OR, perhaps as an RCAL candidate preparing yourself for the exams...
or an HSE Applicant preparing to take the RCAL and HCBS exams...
THIS IS PROBABLY WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR:
What we have here is a set of spreadsheets with information gleaned from
that Annotation Study. We've also broken it down by Line of Service
(NHA, RCAL, HCBS) and further by Domain...
So there are 15 different documents here
- all taken from that Annotation Study.
You'll find here 5 NHA documents (one for each Domain), 5 RCAL documents
and likewise, 5 HCBS documents.
Each document is a spreadsheet (converted to a PDF) with 4 columns.
The FIRST column shows the various tasks identified for that domain.
YOU SHOULD ALREADY BE FAMILIAR WITH THESE IF YOU'RE AT THE POINT OF
PREPARING FOR THE NAB EXAMS... If this is the first you've heard of these tasks...
that's a great starting point.
The SECOND column shows you the "Skill" and "Knowledge" items
most needed to perform that individual task.
The THIRD column shows you the CORE expectations for each task
- applies to all 3 lines of service.
So, these first 3 columns are THE SAME (within the same Domain)
regardless of the line of service you're preparing for.
But the FOURTH column is where you will see "annotations" regarding the
"line of service" expectations for that specific task...
It tells you "What is different" and how training content and test questions
and testing emphasis will differ. There are pretty extensive notes on these
for SOME TASKS and some may have NOTHING THERE... If there's nothing
there for your line of service and that task, that's a pretty good clue that
any questions on your line of service exam (if any) would revert to the CORE
So, without further adieu, here are the links to those documents
- and we wish all candidates the best of luck on the NAB CORE and LOS exams!
We do believe THIS will help you to focus your studies and we believe it can also
help PRECEPTORS to better prepare their AITs:
NHA - Domain 10 * Domain 20 * Domain 30 * Domain 40 * Domain 50
RCAL - Domain 10 * Domain 20 * Domain 30 * Domain 40 * Domain 50
HCBS - Domain 10 * Domain 20 * Domain 30 * Domain 40 * Domain 50
Alternatively (slightly bigger bites...fewer files):
NHA - ALL 5 Domains * RCAL - ALL 5 Domains * HCBS - ALL 5 Domains
We expect this sort of thing to be included in the NAB Tool, eventually, but this format
also may help a person who perhaps failed, specifically, the Line of Service exam, and,
if he knows where his weaknesses were (by Domain), to be able to better focus his
studying for the next (and hopefully successful) attempt. If you know you have a
weakness, this may also be a place to start trying to address that.
FORMS FOR PRECEPTORS (pdf and fillable - and they open in a new window):
We've replaced all of the individual Module Reports (below) with a
SINGLE Module Report (< this link<) that can be used for each module... further
simplifying and at the same time, the form is more legible when you're finished
because we are allowing you more room to include your comments.
The "catch" to this new form is that, within the form,
you have to select the Module for which you're reporting...
You click in the box and you'll see an up/down arrow appear in the right hand side...
you can go up and down in the list to select the module you're making the report for.
You DO have to actually "click" on it to select it
(the background turns blue once you have done so).
Don't forget to do that or we won't know which module the report is for. Thanks!
These are also linked in the AIT Program Manual...handy!