Pick qualified nurses to precept

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, September 25, 2007

Not every experienced/educated/successful person is able to precept another. Precepting is a process that transforms work environments into learning environments for adults with specific goals. Its success is grounded in respectful one-to-one interpersonal interactions that encourage and facilitate the personal growth and professional development of preceptees. As role models, preceptors share their expertise and experience in pragmatic ways that invite preceptees to emulate them. When establishing the criteria that nurses need in order to be preceptors, begin with the following:

  • A minimum of two years experience in nursing
  • Acceptable length of time and experience in the unit/area of the preceptorship
  • Acceptable performance evaluations
  • Acceptable attendance records
  • Current in all unit competencies and annual training requirements
  • Education/advanced specialty certification requirements
  • Attendance at a preceptor workshop, if available

Source: Adapted from HCPro's book Nurse Preceptor Program Builder: Tools for a Successful Preceptor Program, Second Edition. Click here for more information.

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