The purpose of this study was to examine the new graduate's perception of preceptor continuity in regard to clinical performance, role transition, satisfaction, and retention in nursing. Determining how the new graduate perceives the role of a preceptor or multiple preceptors in a new graduate program is instrumental in evaluating and adapting the program to meet the needs of the new nurse graduate.
The authors provide results from a study that examined new graduates' perception of preceptor continuity.
Anita Smith, PhD, RN, USNR, Navy Nurse Corps, is Associate Professor, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California.
LCDR Newton J. Chalker, MSN, RN, USN, Navy Nurse Corps, is Director, Nurse Internship Program, Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, California.
The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.
The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
ADDRESS FOR REPRINTS: Anita Smith, PhD, RN, USNR, Navy Nurse Corps, Associate Professor, Point Loma Nazarene University, 1135 Evergreen Street, San Diego, CA 92106 (e-mail: Fajita@Juno.com).