Quote from michelle126
A nice note to the preceptor and how about one to the NM letting them know what a great preceptor they were?
Whether or not a gift is given, I think a letter to the nurse manager is definitely a good idea. If you really think your preceptor did an excellent job, she deserves to be recognized for it.
For a preceptorship this long, yeah, $25-50 is appropriate. Now, for a shorter one, like a few weeks, then maybe something small like lotion, a book, or a candle. Maybe a gift certificate for a local uniform store?
I'm a big fan of giving out copies of "Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul" - I'm totally not a "Chicken Soup" kind of a girl, usually, but my gosh is that a good book!