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Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), January 1, 2010

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There are some similarities between preceptors and mentors: Both must have a sincere desire to help their colleagues succeed, have a strong commitment to their organization and their colleagues, and have some training and education to be successful in these roles. However, the types of training and education required differ.

Preceptors need job expertise because their role is to accomplish specific, measurable tasks in a certain amount of time. The objective is usually to facilitate the successful orientation of people to their new job and role responsibilities. To do this, preceptors must comprehend and implement the principles of adult learning, evaluate orientees’ job performance, and offer and receive constructive criticism.

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