A preceptorship toolkit for nurse managers, teams and healthcare organisations
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Evidence and practice    

A preceptorship toolkit for nurse managers, teams and healthcare organisations

Patricia Owen Professor of nursing and head, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Bill Whitehead Associate dean, University of Derby, Derby, England
Elaine Beddingham Lecturer, Faculty of Education Health and Sciences, University of Derby, Derby, England
Maxine Simmons Senior matron practice development, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Calow, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To increase your awareness of the benefits of supporting newly qualified nurses

  • To inspire you to reflect on how preceptorship could be improved in your organisation

  • To locate useful resources for improving preceptorship for newly qualified nurses

The transition from student to newly qualified nurse can be challenging. A period of preceptorship is recommended to support newly qualified nurses in their new work environment, and to give them time to adapt and gain confidence. Researchers have developed a toolkit based on previous research that contains several resources that nurse managers, teams and organisations can use to develop and improve preceptorship for newly qualified nurses. The toolkit includes an organisational support tool, a managerial support framework, a supernumerary time tool and a local culture of support tool. This article describes these resources and gives an example of how the toolkit can be adapted locally.

Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2020.e1751

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This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software



Conflict of interest

None declared

Owen P, Whitehead B, Beddingham E et al (2020) A preceptorship toolkit for nurse managers, teams and healthcare organisations. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2020.e1751

Published online: 08 July 2020

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