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Nursing preceptor

Preceptors…working wonders every day.

"The gift of an exceptional orientation by an inspiring preceptor can never be understated."
– Kristin Strand, RN

Our nursing department’s preceptors work wonders every day. They make all the difference to our new staff and nursing students. Precepting is an incredibly important role and responsibility. Not only do preceptors teach, but they are mentors and role models who consistently demonstrate passion and commitment to excellence. They are experts in the areas of clinical practices, adult learning styles and organizational, prioritization and time management skills, and they possess exceptional interpersonal skills. Our preceptors provide the support needed to help people successfully transition into their new role and to be the best nurses and nursing team members they can be.

Becoming a nurse preceptor

Each nursing area identifies specific nurses and other nursing staff members to be the preceptors for their clinical area of practice. Interested nursing staff must complete an application and discuss precepting with their manager; once they are approved, additional and specific preceptor training must be completed. During Nurses Week/Hospital Week, six preceptors are selected by the Nursing Recruitment, Retention and Recognition Shared Governance Council as our “Preceptors of the Year.”

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Left to right: Chris B., vice president, Patient Care Services; Angela D.,Certified Surgical Technician; Colleen B., Health Unit Coordinator, Mental Health; Paris C., RN, W1 – Birth Center

Comments from coworkers

  • “Colleen is excellent at training; she is hard working and extremely fun.”
  • “Angela always gives personal attention to students and new staff. She is patient, kind and builds confidence in staff.”
  • “Paris teaches in a non-judgmental, non-condescending approach that allows you to feel free to approach her with whatever needs or questions that arise.”
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Jessika R., RN, C91 – Medicine

“Good precepting cannot be reduced to technique but is rooted in the identity and integrity of the preceptor. Jessika is authentically present and deeply connects to the new nurse.”
– Comment from a coworker

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Dan S., RN, Emergency Department

“I appreciate Dan coming up to me and saying things like ‘Hey, do you think this is a pump issue or a respiratory issue? What would we see if it was a pump problem? What are we worried about? What should we do?’”
– Comment from a coworker

"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
– Maya Angelou