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Team Preceptorships: A New Approach for Precepting New Nurses

Beecroft, Pauline PhD, RN, FAAN; Hernandez, Ana McClure MSN, RN, CCRN; Reid, Debbie BSN, RN, CCRN

Journal for Nurses in Staff Development (JNSD): July-August 2008 - Volume 24 - Issue 4 - p 143-148
doi: 10.1097/01.NND.0000320675.42953.7f
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In acute care facilities, the orientation period for new graduates has been lengthened to ensure that the new nurse can confidently care for patients. The resulting extension of precepted time places preceptors at a high risk for burnout. To address this issue, team preceptorships during a nurse residency program were implemented as an alternative to a single-preceptor approach. The development, implementation, and evaluation of the team preceptorship model are discussed.

In this article, the authors describe the development, implementation, and evaluation of a team preceptorship approach during a nurse residency program.

Pauline C. Beecroft, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Consultant in Research, Evaluation, and Education, Los Angeles, California.

Ana McClure Hernandez, MSN, RN, CCRN, is Nursing Instructor, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, California.

Debbie Reid, BSN, RN, CCRN, is Education Manager, Hematology/Oncology Unit, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.

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

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Pauline Beecroft, 46 Cresta Verde Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 (e-mail:

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.