Our Perspectives of Preceptorship
Preceptorship is a rewarding experience for those who choose to precept. Read some of the characteristics that describe perspectives as described by experts in our field.
"... a one-to-one relationship between an experienced practitioner or role model and a student or novice" (Goldenberg, 1987; McGrath & Koewing, 1978).
The major role of a preceptor is that of clinical teacher (Sloand, et al., 1998).
Preceptorship is a form of mentoring those with less experience, so they can continue to provide high quality care in our profession. Read what mentoring means.
"Mentoring is a dynamic, noncompetitive, nurturing relationship in which an older, more experienced person teaches, guides, advises, sponsors, role models, and befriends a younger, less experienced person." The overall goal of mentoring is to promote the protege's personal and professional development (Cuesta & Bloom, 1998).
As nursing preceptors, we mentor others to help carry on our profession. As a profession and as a preceptor, we have the following goals to promote a positive clinical experience through the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.
Goals of clinical education
- Translate theory into practice
- Foster problem solving and decision making skills
- Collaborate with others
- Develop legal/ethical morals (Massarweh, 1999)
To help us carry out our goals for our students, we hope you as a preceptor will help us with the following responsibilities.
- Clinical instruction
- Clinical supervision
- Evaluation of student progress
- Communication with faculty and student
You may gain benefits by joining us to provide a strong clinical experience for our students. A few are listed here. We know you will think of others as well.
- Satisfaction in sharing knowledge
- Input into program and curriculum
- May gain new employee
- Renewal and enrichment
- Professional role development
- Access to library, Internet
- Cuesta, C., & Bloom, K. (1998). Education exchange Mentoring and job satisfaction: perceptions of certified nurse-midwives. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 43(2), 111-6.
- Goldenberg (1987).
- Massarweh LJ. (1999). Promoting a positive clinical experience. Nurse Educator, 24(3), 44-7.
- McGrath & Koewing (1978).
- Sloand, E. D., Feroli K., Bearss N., & Beecher J. (1998). What's happening. Preparing the next generation: Precepting nurse practitioner students. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 10(2), 65-69.