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Inside scoop from our experts: Reduce new position shock for preceptees

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, September 2, 2008

This week, a reader asks how preceptors can help their new nurse preceptee overcome the reality shock of their new positions. Read the response from our advisor Diana Swihart PhD, DMin, MSN, CS, APRN, BC, CNS, clinical nurse specialist, nursing education at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System., in Bay Pines, FL

Q: How can preceptors help their new nurse preceptees overcome the reality shock of their new positions?  

A: There are four phases to reality shock that a new nurse goes through: honeymoon, shock, recovery, and resolution. Below are ways preceptors can assist preceptees throughout the process:

  1. Honeymoon phase: Introduce them to new staff and coworkers
  2. Shock phase: Help preceptees find supplies and equipment when needed
  3. Recovery phase: Help them recognize positive aspects of their current work settings
  4. Resolution phase: Assist them in constructive and creative problem solving

Editor’s note: Do you have a question for our experts? If you'd like us to consider your query for publication, please send it to associate editor Cameran Erny at cerny@hcpro.com.

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