Lessons students and new graduates could teach: a phenomenological study that reveals insights on the essence of building a supportive learning culture through preceptorship

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Kelly, Jennifer and McAllister, Margaret. 2013. "Lessons students and new graduates could teach: a phenomenological study that reveals insights on the essence of building a supportive learning culture through preceptorship." Contemporary Nurse. 44 (2), pp. 170-177. https://doi.org/10.5172/conu.2013.44.2.170
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Lessons students and new graduates could teach: a phenomenological study that reveals insights on the essence of building a supportive learning culture through preceptorship

ERA Journal ID40054
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsKelly, Jennifer (Author) and McAllister, Margaret (Author)
Journal TitleContemporary Nurse
Journal Citation44 (2), pp. 170-177
Number of Pages8
Year2013
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationMaleny, Australia
ISSN1037-6178
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5172/conu.2013.44.2.170
Web Address (URL)http://pubs.e-contentmanagement.com/doi/abs/10.5172/conu.2013.44.2.170
Abstract

Nursing educators engage in many practices and one of the most important is preceptorship. However, evidence underpinning preceptorship is scant. Indeed some critics suggest that the planning, delivery and evaluation of preceptorship programmes rarely involves the people they are designed to assist – namely students. This qualitative study, part of a larger phenomenology of the experience of students and new graduates, included the exploration and description of students’ experiences of preceptorship. Thirteen undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing students aged 20–50 years participated in semi-structured interviews.

Data were collected at three intervals; prior to commencing employment as graduate nurses, 1 and 6 months post-employment. Five key themes were revealed: confidence; friendship; being thrown in at the deep end; peer support; and lack of support. Application of the findings from this research may help to improve the preceptorship experience for future students and new graduates and to inform evidence-based preceptorship preparation.

Keywordsstudent experiences; new graduate; transition nurse; new graduate experiences; nursing education; phenomenology; preceptor; preceptorship
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
Central Queensland University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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