A review of preceptorship in undergraduate nursing education: implications for staff development

J Contin Educ Nurs. Sep-Oct 1998;29(5):211-6.


Nurse educators regularly develop clinical learning experiences for undergraduate students using the expertise of experienced RNs as preceptors. Preceptors help students develop a knowledge base and clinical skills. This article reports a literature review and summarizes the benefits of preceptorship, outlines preceptor responsibilities and qualities, and discusses the process of preceptor selection and role preparation. Suggestions for collaborative efforts regarding the preceptor experience among staff nurses, nurse educators, and staff development educators are highlighted.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / organization & administration*
  • Faculty, Nursing*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Models, Nursing
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology
  • Preceptorship / organization & administration*
  • Staff Development / organization & administration*
  • Students, Nursing / psychology