Mentor Program: What, How and Why
Mentoring programs can strengthen new graduate nurses’ acclimation to the work environment through supportive relationships that foster skills, confidence and professional growth, resulting in a postive return on investment for organizations and individuals.
Preceptor Program: Overview and Administration
A robust preceptor program is necessary in tandem with the residency program for the graduate nurse and consists of several interdependent processes and components.
Preceptor as Educator
Understanding principles of adult education and nursing practice development will maximize preceptors’ impact on new graduate nurses’ successful transition to competent clinician.
Preceptor as Evaluator
Effective evaluation, an expectation of teaching, enhances the quality of the learning experience for the new graduate nurse and sets the stage for future professional growth.
Socialization: The Preceptor’s Role
Professional socialization is a lifelong process that begins with the curriculum and faculty of the nursing program and extends into the work setting. Healthcare organizations must recognize and assist new graduate nurses through their role transition from student to professional.