Poster Presentation

Monday, November 5, 2007
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Monday, November 5, 2007
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
This presentation is part of : Rising Stars Posters
Preparation of Nurses Who Preceptor BSN Students
Elizabeth R. Rogan, MA, MSN, RN, Nursing Division, Nebraska Methodist College, Omaha, NE, USA
Learning Objective #1: identify areas of content that nurses who preceptor BSN students perceive as being essential to their preparation for the role of preceptor.
Learning Objective #2: identify individuals' needs with regard to preceptor preparation based on nursing experience, experience as a preceptor and area of practice.

The clinical preceptorship employed by many baccalaureate nursing education programs in the United States plays a large role in the socialization process of new graduates to the nursing profession. This quantitative, descriptive study explored the perceptions of nurses who perform the role of preceptor about the preparation they believe has made or will make them effective in the preceptor role when working with BSN students. Employers and managers expect that nursing students will be “work-ready” in any type of nursing environment they come, but the fact remains that new graduate nurses require time to become socialized not only to their new environment but also to their new role. Mercer’s Role Attainment Theory was used as a theoretical framework for the study for which a total of 75 participants in the study were recruited from two hospitals in a midwestern city and who completed and a paper and pencil survey, The Preparation of Nurses who Preceptor BSN Students Survey. Several interesting things came to light from the data: Preceptors first and foremost want to know what their responsibilities are when working with BSN students and there is very little interest in coming to know the student through his or her culture, nor is there much interest in blunting the Reality Shock which students (and new graduate nurses) may experience in their early career.