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Blog spotlight: Effective precepting: Giving feedback to orientees

Nurse Leader Insider, November 29, 2010

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by Julie Harris, MSN, RN

Whenever I conduct a preceptor workshop, I always ask the question, “What is the most difficult aspect of precepting?” I usually get a range of answers, but at least one nurse will always say, “Providing feedback to orientees.” Providing feedback can be difficult, especially if it is your first time doing it.

Whether you have provided constructive feedback one time or one hundred times, here are some things to keep in mind when providing feedback to orientees:

  • Be specific. Avoid general statements about orientees’ performance. Do not use words such as “always” and “never”.
  • Focus on observations. Observations refer to what you can see about orientees’ behavior. As hard as it is, do not make assumptions or inferences from what you observe. Focus on what they did and your reaction to it. For example, “I see that you are having a hard time with IV starts. Let’s work on this skill today.”

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