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Rural-Hospital-Based Preceptorship: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Sedgwick, Monique PhD, RN; Yonge, Olive PhD, RN; Myrick, Florence PhD, RN

Journal for Nurses in Staff Development - JNSD: September/October 2009 - Volume 25 - Issue 5 - pp E1-E7
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e3181ba3acb
Article

In this ethnographic study, undergraduate nursing students' experience of a rural-hospital-based preceptorship was a team effort that involved all members of the hospital staff. Daily and intimate interaction with the interdisciplinary hospital team had a significant impact on these students' ability to develop a professional identity. Indeed, for students to be successful in their preceptorship, nursing faculty members need to develop strategies that help the hospital team support students during a preceptorship.

The authors describe a study of undergraduate nursing students' experience of a rural hospital-based preceptorship.

Monique Sedgwick, PhD, RN, is Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

Olive Yonge, PhD, RN, is Provost and Vice-President (Academic), Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Florence Myrick, PhD, RN, is Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Olive Yonge, PhD, RN, Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), University of Alberta, 2-10 University Hall, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2J9 (e-mail: olive.yonge@ualberta.ca).

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.