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Course for Preceptors

Helping New Nurses Transition to Practice

Cost: US$30 for individual registration

CE Credit: 2.0 Contact Hours

Subscription Length: 6 months

Audience: This self-paced online CE course is designed for experienced nurses in all practice settings.

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“Being a preceptor, I am learning more than if I am just practicing.”~Transition to Practice Program Preceptor Comment

You’ve been asked to precept a new graduate nurse. While you are eager to share your passion for nursing, you’ll need to balance your own busy workload with the added responsibility of precepting the new nurse..

Educate others. Develop new skills.

This course will teach you the nuts and bolts of being a preceptor. Designed as a companion course for the five Transition to Practice courses for new graduate nurses, you'll have access to activities that are designed to engage and empower preceptees as you learn to...

  • Ask beginning questions that set the stage for a successful relationship
  • Use the first day to jumpstart a new nurse’s socialization into the workplace
  • Work within your preceptee’s learning style and watch them grow
  • Teach your preceptee how to gracefully handle a disrespectful coworker
  • Determine when you need to coach, facilitate, protect or role model
  • Track growth from advanced beginner to competent and confident nurse

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the role(s) and responsibilities of a preceptor
  • Provide examples of effective preceptor behaviors and/or strategies

“[It’s been said] that nurses eat their young. Now, actually nurses are nurturing their young.” ~Transition to Practice Program Preceptor Comment


Author: Shandra L. James, DNP, RN

Managing Editor: Susan Richmond, MSN, RN, NCSBN Interactive Services Content Manager