The Role of the Preceptor: A Guide for Nurse Educators, Clinicians, and Managers

The Role of the Preceptor: A Guide for Nurse Educators, Clinicians, and Managers

The Role of the Preceptor: A Guide for Nurse Educators, Clinicians, and Managers

The Role of the Preceptor: A Guide for Nurse Educators, Clinicians, and Managers

Synopsis

Thoroughly updated, this practical "how-to" guide provides a useful and easy-to-follow framework for developing and implementing preceptor programs for learning to precept students, and for facilitating the development of expertise in both preceptors and preceptees. The contributor list includes specialists within a wide spectrum of clinical nursing settings who have expertise in preceptor program development. This text is essential to nursing faculty and nursing clinicians who want to set up preceptor programs, guide student experiences, or help orient novice practitioners to the practice setting. It explains the differences between precepting and mentoring or teaching; provides insights into preceptor programs; and explores internships, residencies, and mentoring.

Excerpt

The idea for the first edition of this book was generated at a colloquium for nurse educators and nurse clinicians. One of the nurse practitioners attending this colloquium said that she liked having students to precept in the clinical setting, but that she had no idea how to plan experiences for these students or how to teach them. This practitioner felt very competent about her knowledge base and about taking care of patients, but she felt inadequate in providing a meaningful clinical experience for students. Although she found several articles about various aspects of precepting in nursing journals, she could locate no book that covered all the essential information. Hence, the first edition was written as a practical “how-to” guide for nursing faculty and for nursing clinicians who were responsible for setting up preceptor programs.

Since the first edition was written 7 years ago, preceptor programs through out the country have grown in numbers, effectiveness and setting. The need for this text, therefore, is even more crucial than at the time of the original edition.

Like the first edition of this book, this text is a practical “howto” guide for nursing faculty, clinicians and managers. Chapters 1,2,3,4, and 7 have been updated and improved with the addition of new material. Chapter 5, which presents a preceptor model for the home care setting, and chapter 6, which discusses a preceptor model as part of a distance learning program, are both new.

Effective preceptor programs do not happen automatically; they involve careful planning on the part of both preceptor and program administrator. The hope is that this book continues to provide a useful framework for developing and implementing preceptor programs for precepting others; and for facilitating the development of nursing expertise in preceptees in all practice settings. We hope that the present version of the book will prove useful to all members of the nursing profession.

Jean Pieri Flynn Madonna C. Stack Editors . . .

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