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Strategies for Precepting the Unsafe Student

Luhanga, Florence PhD, RN; Yonge, Olive PhD, RN; Myrick, Florence PhD, RN

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: September-October 2008 - Volume 24 - Issue 5 - p 214-219
doi: 10.1097/01.NND.0000320693.08888.30
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Precepting a student who is unsafe is distressing both for the preceptor and the student. This article derives from a grounded theory study that describes the careful thought reflected in strategies used by preceptors to teach students who are unsafe. Both preceptors of undergraduates and new employees may find these strategies useful, with the ultimate goal being patient safety. The findings have implications not only for preceptor preparation in the area of evaluation but also for faculty support and the need for evaluation guidelines.

The authors describe preceptor preparation, faculty support, and evaluation guidelines designed to improve preceptors' abilities to precept students whose practice is unsafe.

Florence Luhanga, PhD, RN, is Assistant Professor, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

Olive Yonge, PhD, RN, is Professor and Vice Provost of Academics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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

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: Olive Yonge, PhD, RN, 3rd Floor, Clinical Science Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2G3 (e-mail:

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