Background: With competition from so many nursing programs seeking clinical sites and numerous nurses entering the health care industry, it is imperative to have a nurse preceptor program in health care institutions.
Method: This article attempts to identify the essential components of a preceptor program by reviewing the literature, surveying RNs to identify curriculum, and suggesting an evidence-based preceptor program of value.
Results: Although there is much in the published literature and books about preceptors' roles and responsibilities, few references are available about how to start a preceptor program and program components. A total of 402 RNs with a baccalaureate nursing degree (or higher) were surveyed at a health care system. One hundred ninety-seven surveys were completed (49% response rate) to identify education topics, format, and time of delivery.
Conclusion: The development and implementation of a preceptor program is vital for the success of nurse training and retention to provide quality care. J Contin Nurs Educ. 2017;48(11):508-511.
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