Closing the practice gap: preparing staff nurses for the preceptor role

J Nurses Prof Dev. 2014 Sep-Oct;30(5):254-60. doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000095.


Today's practicing nurse faces many challenges and opportunities, and as a result, new graduate readiness for practice has increasing importance. Research completed by the Nursing Executive Center, the Advisory Board's research membership serving nursing administrators, acknowledged a considerable disparity between graduate nurse competencies and the expectation of employing healthcare systems. A pilot project designed to guide preceptors in the role of educator fostered the development of new nurse competencies that helped facilitate transition to professional practice.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Nurse Administrators
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education*
  • Ohio
  • Pilot Projects
  • Preceptorship*