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Fast Facts for the Nurse Preceptor

SKU# 9780826125224

Keys to Providing a Successful Preceptorship in a Nutshell

Author: Maggie Ciocco MS, RN, BC

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Dedicated and competent nurse preceptors are vital to the success of health care organizations and to the retention of nurses in the profession. Yet clinical teaching and supervision are skills that must be developed; a knowledgeable and experienced practitioner does not automatically become a successful nurse preceptor. This pithy reference guide for nurses in the preceptor role is brimming with information about how to successfully educate, protect, socialize, and evaluate nurses transitioning into a new environment. In an easy-access, bulleted format, this resource helps preceptors establish clinical objectives, execute evaluation and feedback techniques, identify role responsibilities, develop positive communication skills, and develop effective teaching/learning strategies.

The guide addresses the qualities of a good preceptor, communication and delegation skills, and the importance of evidence-based practice for the preceptor role. It discusses how to prepare new nurses for the reality shock of entering a new arena, and how to recognize and help the preceptee who is struggling. Nurse preceptors will gain insight into how to assist preceptees in organizing their clinical day and prioritizing their responsibilities. From suggestions in conflict resolution and bullying, to aids in developing critical thinking skills, to advice on completing relevant documentation, this guide helps new nurse preceptors provide a well-orchestrated orientation that will ensure a positive experience for novice nurses and the subsequent delivery of quality, patient-centered care. Sample competency forms and clinical tools add to the book's utility, as well.

Key Features:

  • Delivers vital information on all aspects of successful nurse preceptorship in a concise, easy-access format
  • Includes evidence-based content throughout
  • Provides guidance on identifying and developing successful nurse preceptors
  • Addresses organization, prioritization, delegation, effective communication, conflict resolution, and the development of critical thinking skills
  • Offers key information on competency assessment and evaluations
  • A special "Preceptor's Problem Solver" chapter addresses clinical issues unique to the nurse preceptor's role

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 17, 2015
  • Page Count 188
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826125224
  • EISBN 9780826125231

About The Author(s) 

Maggie Ciocco, MS, RN, BC is currently a nursing program advisor for the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey. She has over 25 years of experience in nursing education, including as a preceptor, mentor, staff development instructor, orientation coordinator, nursing lab instructor, and clinical instructor. Ms. Ciocco received her master of science in nursing from Syracuse University, her bachelor of science in nursing from Seton Hall University and her associate degree from Ocean County College in Toms River, New Jersey. She has been an American Nurses Credentialing Center board-certified medical–surgical nurse for over 20 years. Throughout her years as an educator, she has established preceptorship programs in acute, subacute, and long-term care settings. She is a member of the National League for Nursing. Ms. Ciocco was awarded the Sigma Theta Tau–Lambda Delta chapter Hannelore Sweetwood Mentor of the Year award in 2012. She is the author of Fast Facts for the Medical–Surgical Nurse: Clinical Orientation in a Nutshell, published by Springer Publishing Company in 2014.

Table of Contents 


Foreword Linda J. Hassler


Part I: Introduction to the Role of the Preceptor

1. Preceptorship in a Nutshell

2. Critical Thinking Skills

3. Organizing the Clinical Day

Part II: Components of Effective Preceptorship

4. Prioritization and Communication

5. Feedback

6. Delegation

7. Recognizing and Helping the Preceptee Who Is Struggling

Part III: Preparing the Preceptee for the Future

8. Conflict Resolution and Bullying in Nursing

9. Preparing for the Future

10. Helping the Preceptee Deal With Reality Shock

Part IV: Problem Solving and Clinical Tools

11. Concerns of the Preceptor

12. Preceptorship Competency Forms and Clinical Tools