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Are Preceptors Adequately Prepared for Their Role in Supporting Newly Qualified Staff?

Panzavecchia, Lisa and Pearce, Ruth (2014) Are Preceptors Adequately Prepared for Their Role in Supporting Newly Qualified Staff? Nurse Education Today, 34 (7). pp. 1119-1124. ISSN 0260-6917

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Objective: The purpose of this UK based study is to ascertain the support provided to preceptors and the qualities they require to carry out their role supporting newly qualified professionals.
Design: A qualitative descriptive approach was adopted to elicit the experiences and perceptions of the preceptors
in practice.
Sample and Methods: A cross-section of 30 preceptors were randomised across 3 hospital sites within one acute
Trust. Questionnaires were distributed with a response rate of 37% (n = 11). Five preceptors participated in a
semi-structured interview (n= 5).
Findings and Discussion: The themes that emerged fromthe analysiswere lack of preparation for their role, expectations of the preceptors and howthey perceive the role and the limitations and difficulties associatedwith being a preceptor.
Conclusions: Preceptor attributes and programme approaches have been discussed in the existing literature although
guidance concerning preparation and training for the role in the UK is lesswell documented. The findings of this small scale study may be useful in planning and developing preceptorship programmes in the future to provide sustainable support to develop the preceptor as well as the preceptee.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: role of preceptor, preceptorship education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Ruth Pearce
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2014 08:22
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:04

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