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Preceptorship in a Nurse Practitioner Program

The Student Perspective

McQueen, Karen A., PhD, RN; Poole, Karen, MEd, MA(N), RN; Raynak, Andrea, MPH(N), RN; McQueen, Ainsley, BScN, RN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000498
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Preceptorship has been identified as an effective strategy for facilitating clinical learning among diverse health care professionals. The benefits of preceptored experiences are well documented; however, the preceptorship model is also vulnerable to challenges. There has been limited evaluation of preceptorship with nurse practitioner (NP) students. This article describes an evaluation of the preceptorship experience from the perspective of NP students. In particular, the facilitators and barriers to clinical learning are described.

Author Affiliations: Associate Professors (Dr McQueen and Ms Poole), Clinical Instructors (Mss Raynak and McQueen), Lakehead University School of Nursing, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

This study was funded by the Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Evaluation Funds.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr McQueen, Lakehead University, 955 Oliver Rd, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada P7B 5E1 (

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Accepted for publication: November 11, 2017

Published ahead of print: December 29, 2017

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