By Beth Ulrich, EdD, RN, FACHE, FAAN
Nurse Preceptors live at the intersections of education/practice and of the present/future. They are the essential link between what nurses are taught and what they do, and between what nurses know and what they need to know.
Mastering Precepting: A Nurse´ s Handbook for Success, Beth Tamplet Ulrich and contributors share their experiences, advice, theory, and research findings to better describe the role of precepting and the importance of it. This book is not only a primer for the new preceptor but a resource to consult as needed over a lifetime of precepting.
Experience and good clinical skills do not necessarily result in good precepting. Throughout its 13 chapters, Mastering Precepting looks at the role of preceptor: learning strategies, communication, coaching, technology, behaviors and motivation, and self-care. It focuses on improving the skills of those who serve as preceptors, not only for new graduates but for nurses transitioning from any nursing role into another. A good preceptor can set the foundation for a thriving career while a poor one can have devastating outcomes, not only for the nurse, but for the patient as well. Kathy Sanford in the books foreword says, “Its underlying premise is that we can improve our precepting abilities and, in doing so, can contribute to the enrichment of other nurses careers. ”
Awarded a 2012 AJN Book of the Year Award by the American Journal of Nursing. First place in the Medical-Surgical category.
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“ By recognizing precepting as a specialty that requires a unique set of knowledge and expertise, and providing a guide for organizations to ensure their preceptors are adequately prepared, Mastering Precepting contributes to developing the competent, engaged nurses who will be critical to the improvement of our nations health care delivery organizations. What a great read!”
–Peter I. Bauerhouse, PhD, RN, FAAN
Valere Potter Professor of Nursing
Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies Institute for Medicine and Public Health
“I was impressed with the comprehensive approach to truly changing our professional culture. The practical principles, concepts and pragmatic tools shared throughout this book provide a framework for being an excellent team member as well as a preceptor.”
–Rhonda Anderson, RN, DNSc, FAAN, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
Cardon Children´s Medical Center
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