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Enhancing the Effectiveness of Nurse Preceptors

Horton, Claudia D. PhD, RN; DePaoli, Susan MSN, RN, CCRN; Hertach, Mary MSN, CNE, RN; Bower, Meda MS, RD, LD, CDE, RN

Journal for Nurses in Staff Development: July/August 2012 - Volume 28 - Issue 4 - p E1–E7
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e31825dfb90
Articles: Online Only

More than half of new graduate nurses start their careers in the hospital setting. Once there, they need an orientation that will help them make the transition from student to novice professional. It is just as important for experienced nurses transferring into another unit or hospital to be inculturated into the new work environment. In this study, academic and staff development educators collaborated to create the Nurse Preceptor Academy, a workshop that prepared over 700 nurse preceptors to be more effective in the preceptor role.

In this article, the authors describe a collaborative effort to create a nurse preceptor academy.

Claudia D. Horton, PhD, RN, is Dean and Professor, Graceland University, Independence, Missouri.

Susan DePaoli, MSN, RN, CCRN, is Staff Nurse, Chest Pain Center Coordinator, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Blue Springs, Missouri.

Mary Hertach, MSN, CNE, RN, is Clinical Faculty, University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Meda Bower, MS, RD, LD, CDE, RN, is Clinical Education Manager and Manager Diabetes Center, St. Luke’s South Hospital, Overland Park, Kansas.

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: Claudia D. Horton, PhD, RN, School of Nursing, Graceland University, 1401 W. Truman Road, Independence, MO 64050 (e-mail:

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