Becoming and being a preceptor: a phenomenological study

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2008 Apr;39(4):185-91. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20080401-08.


Preceptorship is a valuable component of nursing courses today and is seen as vital to the professional preparation of student nurses. Preceptors facilitate the development of knowledge, clinical skills, and professional attitudes in nursing through guidance, supervision, role modeling, and personal development of the student. They also help to orient and socialize the student to the real nursing workplace environment. Being a preceptor in nursing has been identified as time-consuming and requiring clinical teaching skills that many registered nurses (RNs) perceive they do not possess. This article outlines how a small group of RNs from one selected workplace developed their preceptor abilities through undertaking the preceptor program run by Avondale College to prepare them for this important role.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Clinical Competence
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Mentors* / education
  • Mentors* / psychology
  • New South Wales
  • Nurse's Role / psychology
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital* / education
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital* / psychology
  • Preceptorship / organization & administration*
  • Self Efficacy
  • Socialization
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors