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/ns2013.12.28.14.51.e7944
Received: 31 May 2013
Accepted: 20 August 2013
Published in print: 04 December 2013Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review