- The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
- January 2012 - Volume 43 · Issue 1: 37-43
The benefits of clinical nursing experience in nursing education cannot be overemphasized. Literature has shown that proficient clinical nursing education enhances nursing practice through the development of professional growth with opportunities for the application of theoretical knowledge. Clinical preceptorship has been shown to be an effective method in the development of professional nurses through clinical education. The role of a clinical nursing preceptor is complex and not necessarily applicable to all nurses. Understanding the clinical environment, comprehending individual learning styles, and dealing effectively with conflict are skills that an effective preceptor needs to acquire before participating in the role. This article describes the origin of the preceptor role in clinical nursing education and discusses how the role can be enhanced through a proficient and well-planned preceptorship education program.
Ms. Duteau is Clinical Practice Leader, Nephrology and Dialysis, Humber River Regional Hospital, Weston, Ontario, Canada.
The author discloses that she has no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support.
Address correspondence to Jennifer Duteau, RN, BScN, MScN, Humber River Regional Hospital Nephrology Program, 200 Church Street, Weston, Ontario M9N 1N8, Canada. E-mail: email@example.com