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White Paper: Preceptor Training and Support

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White Paper: Preceptor Training and Support

Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF

Preceptors play an important role in the education of nurses and health professionals. Not only do they "extend the reach" of faculty, they also allow more students to be prepared by providing real world experiences. The preceptor is usually an experienced clinician who facilitates and evaluates student learning in the clinical area over a specified time frame. Preceptors take responsibility for the student in the clinical area, in addition to other responsibilities they hold as part of their professional role. Stokes & Kost (2012) suggest that the "preceptor model is based on the assumption that a consistent, one-on-one relationship between the student and the provider provides opportunities for socialization into practice and bridges the gap between theory and practice."

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