Why Train Preceptors?
Research and subsequent recommendations have found that the period of preceptorship is invaluable to NQNs and should be highly valued as a key instrument in promoting safe, high quality care.
The NMC defines preceptorship as ‘the support and guidance that enables qualified nurses to make the transition from being a student to becoming a more confident practitioner to practise in line with NMC standards’.
Easing the transition
“The period of transition from student to Newly Qualified Staff is a time of uncertainty, stress and pressure, effective preceptorship helps to address this, but where provision is variable Newly Qualified Staff report frustration and demoralisation.” (Willis Commission, 2012)
Having skilled and experienced preceptors not only has a positive impact on patient safety and care, but also on staff retention; by training staff in the skills needed to be an exemplary preceptor, we are also building an culture of peer support and interdependent teams.
The Willis Commission makes the following recommendation:
Preceptorship in Practice will equip your preceptors with the awareness and skills they need to be able to support your Newly Quailfied Staff and ensure that they reach their full potential.
Employer organisations need to ensure that preceptors are formally trained.