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The Meaning of Being a Primary Nurse Preceptor for Newly Graduated Nurses

Richards, Jennifer PhD, RN; Bowles, Cheryl EdD, RN, CNE

Journal for Nurses in Staff Development: September/October 2012 - Volume 28 - Issue 5 - p 208–213
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e318269fde8

Understanding the meaning of being the primary preceptor for newly graduated nurses during their transition into clinical practice has implications for hospital administrators, nurse leaders, and staff development nurses. This qualitative study explores the meaning of this experience through interviews with six preceptors. Findings suggest that nursing leaders need to clarify other roles that preceptors are expected to fill while precepting, implement a systematic approach to match preceptors with preceptees, and provide support for development of the preceptor role and daily preceptor practice.

The authors describe a qualitative study to explore the meaning of being a nurse preceptor and describe implications for nursing leaders.

Jennifer Richards, PhD, RN, is Director, Nursing Education & Research, Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno, Nevada.

Cheryl Bowles, EdD, RN, CNE, School of Nursing, University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

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: Jennifer Richards, PhD, RN, Renown Regional Medical Center, 1155 Mill Street, Reno, NV 89502 (e-mail:

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.