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BSN Preceptors

Profile and Orientation to be Completed by Preceptors for Bachelor of Science in Nursing Students

What is a preceptor?
The preceptor is a vital member of the educational team providing numerous opportunities for nursing students to connect classroom concepts to the clinical environment, (Kalischuk, Vandenberg, & Awosoga, 2013). 

Benefits/Rewards of Precepting
Preceptors have stated the benefit of precepting is to influence the future of nursing. The preceptor's support is vital to the students' development as a future professional. It is a hallmark characteristic of a professional to share expertise, skills, and knowledge, which allows the student to bridge theory and practice. Precepting is a teaching opportunity which will also create a sense of personal satisfaction, fulfillment, and achievement.

Student Preparation
Students in the traditional BSN program who are entering Capstone or Population Health Practicum have completed three semesters of didactic and clinical courses and are prepared to apply novice nursing knowledge and skills under the supervision of a preceptor. Students are at the level of advanced beginner, which means they have prior experiences in nursing situations and can recognize recurring meaningful components in the practicum experience, ("Novice to Expert," n.d.)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Preceptor Responsibilities

  • Complete the online preceptor profile and orientation training.
  • Review the goals and learning objectives for the clinical course. 
  • Oversee the student's on-site experience to develop knowledge, understanding, and skills of working in acute care or a population-based setting. 
  • Provide students with clinical experiences reflective of learning objectives.
  • Assist the student in recognizing strengths and areas to improve clinical competence, knowledge base, and organizational skills.
  • Provide orientation/information to the student that allows them to function professionally. (Examples would include rules and regulations of the organization, agency, or unit; lines of communication and authority; standards of nursing practice)
  • Serve as a role model to foster professional behaviors.
  • Communicate with the faculty regularly throughout the practicum. 
  • Offer ongoing feedback and participate in clinical performance evaluation conferences with student and faculty member.

Student responsibilities:

  • Be knowledgeable of the policies and objectives of the agencies and/or areas where assigned.
  • Identify early and on an ongoing basis one's own learning needs and work independently, with the preceptor, and with the clinical faculty to meet these needs.
  • Demonstrates professional behavior at all times, consistent with established codes of conduct of the profession.
  • Be knowledgeable of the lines of authority within the agency, use these established channels, and constructively analyze organizational structure and function.
  • Be knowledgeable of the course objectives and strive to meet the clinical practice objectives with the aid of the preceptor and faculty.
  • Communicates with faculty and preceptor on a regular basis one's progress in the experience, discussion of specific cases, and additional student learning needs.

Faculty responsibilities:

  • Communicate the objectives of the course to the preceptor and student.
  • Assess and communicate the over-all learning needs of the student to the preceptor.
  • Recommend types of experiences students may need to achieve the objectives of the course.
  • Conduct clinical rounds on a regular basis with the student and preceptor (at least every other week in person).
  • Schedule periodic planning and evaluation conferences with preceptor and learner.
  • Coordinate, facilitate, and evaluate the preceptor and student experience.
  • Act as a consultant to the preceptor and learner.

Kalischuk, R. G., Vandenberg, H., & Awosoga, O. (2013). Nursing preceptors speak out: an empirical study. Journal of Professional Nursing, 29(1), 30-38.

Patricia Benner novice to expert-nursing theorist. (n.d.). Retrieved December 18, 2018, from

Last modified: Dec 03, 2019