Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Mastering Precepting: A Nurse's Handbook for Success

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Mastering Precepting: A Nurse's Handbook for Success

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Mastering Precepting: A Nurse's Handbook for Success

by Beth Ulrich, EdD, RN, FACHE, FAAN; Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International, 2012; 320 pages, $39.95

(soft cover)

The experience a nurse has with a preceptor can affect the future of that nurse's practice. Both new graduates and experienced nurses transitioning to a new specialty or workplace, or returning to the workforce after an extended absence, will remember both the good and the bad preceptors assigned to help them with the transition. Similarly, any nurse who has been charged with the task of precepting a colleague realizes the importance of the role and can recount memorable experiences.

This handbook begins with a comprehensive review of the various roles faced by preceptors, followed by a discussion of various learning theories, frameworks, styles, and preferences. Ulrich reminds the reader that the preceptor is not only a teacher and role model, but a nurse who also has the opportunity to learn from the experience.

The emphasis in this book is on critical thinking and reasoning skills. An in-depth comparison of various styles of precepting is provided, allowing the reader to select one style or elements from many. The book discusses the value of developing a concrete plan involving goals, objectives, and proposed outcomes for the precepting experience; skills needed for effective communication and coaching; and methods for assessing and intervening for various preceptee traits. …

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