Preceptors Promote Competence and Retention: Strategies to Achieve Success.
When considering factors that affect nurse recruitment and retention, an appropriate response to the nursing shortage may be to either implement a preceptor model or refine an existing preceptor program. This article describes the evolution of a comprehensive preceptor model including the following: strategies to gain staff, administrative, and educational support and involvement; a preceptorship policy and procedure; a formal program to prepare preceptors; the need for identified orientation, learning expectations, and documentation of the same; evaluation methods of a preceptor model; and rewards for the preceptor. The viability and strength of this preceptor program may be attributed to the inclusion of all levels of nursing staff in its development and implementation.
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Hitchings, K. S. (1989). Preceptors promote competence and retention: strategies to achieve success. Journal Of Continuing Education In Nursing, 20(6), 255-260.
Patient Care Services / Nursing, Patient Care Services / Nursing Faculty