The Effective Nurse Preceptor

  1. The Effective Nurse Preceptor

    Nurses have served their countries in times of peace and war since before Florence Nightingale. And they continue to embody the public's expectations of healthcare professionals at the ready with the knowledge, skills and compassion required to help them when they need it most.
    But nurses don't just happen.

    They are molded, shaped, educated and mentored, which is why having effective preceptors on staff is integral to recruiting and retaining a reliable, professional nursing workforce.

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  3. by   willis13
    I have just read the information on The effective nurse preceptor and have just finished my mental health clinical placement as a student nurse. I have found that mental health has been totally different than other placements and my preceptors have not been very informative of the system.
  4. by   Judee Smudee
    Three things that managment can do to facilitate preceptorship. One, make sure that the preceptor does not have an excessive patient load. My last preceptor had 13 patients and was supposed to be precepting me. Second of all, the preceptor should not be charge nurse unless she or he is orienting new nurse to charge. I have had preceptors that were also charge that day and had also very large assignments. Not suprisingly I did not recieve much precepting. Last of all, preceptor should not be only RN on the unit for that shift. This has happened to me also.
  5. by   stidget99
    At my facility, we've had some, what I view as terrible, experiences w/ precepting new grads. There are no nurses on my shift who are willing precept any longer. When I started, I had several years experience on a med-surg floor. I was allotted 4-6 weeks day-shift orientation and then another 2-3 weeks for noc shift orientation. (I went to the noc shift after 2 weeks and then took on a normal pt load after a week.) Now.....the new hires that came aboard about a year after I started were not allowed nearly as much time. They were allotted a sum total of 4-6 weeks for day and noc shift orientation. They were thrown to the wolves too soon! Even after voicing their concerns, they were still expected to take on a full pt load. Management's position? We are short staffed and "we think that you can handle it." Luckily, all 3 of these nurses have moved on out of the hospital. Another new hire was not allowed any noc shift orientation at all! She was expected to take an admission on top of a full pt load. When I took a stand on behalf of the new hire, I was called into the office the following day and written up!

    I guess my point is this....why would we want to precept when we know that we can't do a thorough job? ....knowing that our preceptees are going to feel overwhelmed? ....knowing that we are doing a major disservice to them???