Tips for preceptorship

The transition from student to registered nurse can be made a little easier by going into your preceptorship prepared to take responsibility, says Karen Elcock

The transition from student to registered nurse can be made a little easier by going into your preceptorship prepared to take responsibility, says Karen Elcock.

Abstract

Applying for and gaining your first post can be an anxious time. While getting the job is essential, it is also important to consider what an employer can offer that will ease the transition from student to registered nurse.

The Department of Health has published key principles for preceptorship, and preceptorship programmes are advocated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Most employers now offer them, but the quality and length of programmes vary.

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: 12 August 2015, volume 29, issue 50.

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