Successful preceptorship of newly qualified nurses
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Successful preceptorship of newly qualified nurses

Bob Price Director, postgraduate qualifications in advancing healthcare practice, Faculty of Health and Social Care, The Open University, Milton Keynes

There is widespread recognition that many newly qualified nurses find it difficult to make the transition from completing their university course to taking up their first registered nurse post. Preceptorship programmes during the first year of registered nurse practice have been recommended by the Department of Health. Preceptors have an important role in ensuring successful transition of the newly qualified nurse; however they also require practical guidance on how best to support the nurse. This article identifies aspects that need to be considered when guiding a registered nurse colleague rather than a student. Preceptorship concerns four main areas: orientation to patients and services provided locally, real-time clinical reasoning, skill review and refinement, and socialisation within the healthcare team. The article will explore each of these areas.

Nursing Standard. 28, 14, 51-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 31 May 2013

Accepted: 20 August 2013