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Preceptors' Perceptions of a New Evaluation Tool Used During Nursing Orientation

Steffan, Karen Pleban MSN, RN; Goodin, Heather Janiszewski PhD, RN

Journal for Nurses in Staff Development (JNSD): May-June 2010 - Volume 26 - Issue 3 - p 116-122
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e31819aa116

Few authors describe a nurse orientee evaluation tool based on Benner's model. The purpose of this descriptive study was to describe the preceptors' perceptions of two tools to determine their utility and helpfulness when evaluating nurse orientees. A convenience sample of 38 RN preceptors (47% response rate) from three system hospitals were surveyed via a questionnaire. Over 76% of participants perceived the two tools as easy to use and helpful when evaluating their nurse orientees.

The authors developed an evaluation tool based on Benner's work for use in orientation and present preceptors' assessment of the new instrument.

Karen Pleban Steffan, MSN, RN, is Education Specialist III, Organizational Development, OhioHealth, Inc., Columbus, Ohio.

Heather Janiszewski Goodin, PhD, RN, is Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Karen Pleban Steffan, MSN, RN, 755Thomas Lane,Columbus,OH43214(e-mail:;

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