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Preceptorship—Making a Difference

Bowen, Allison RN; Fox, Robyn RN, RM; Burridge, Chris RN, RM

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: March/April 2012 - Volume 28 - Issue 2 - p E12–E15
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e31824b41b9
Articles: Online Only

A preceptor project at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Queensland, Australia, explored existing levels of preceptorship support during the transition processes of newly employed or transferred nurses and midwives. Initiatives adopted have enhanced the implementation and maintenance of preceptorship principles and communication processes and defined accountability and responsibilities. Outcomes have contributed to enhanced role clarity, improved communication, increased support for teaching and learning, and infrastructure processes to facilitate the preceptor–preceptee relationship and increased retention.

The authors describe a project to explore and enhance preceptor support at a hospital in Brisbane, Australia.

Allison Bowen, RN, is Nurse Educator, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Robyn Fox, RN, RM, is Nursing Director-Education, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; Adjunct Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Chris Burridge, RN, RM, is Assistant Nursing Director-Education Service Coordination, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; Visiting Fellow, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Allison Bowen, RN, Workforce Development and Education Unit, Centre for Clinical Nursing, Building 34, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Butterfield Street, Herston, Brisbane, Queensland 4029, Australia (e-mail:allison_bowen@health.qld.gov.au).

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.