Presentation Title

Nursing Students' Identification of Quality Indicators During a Third Year Summer Preceptorship

Format of Presentation

Poster to be presented the Friday of the conference

Abstract

Background: Baccalaureate nursing education provides students the opportunity to develop the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills necessary to become successful, practicing Registered Nurses. A pivotal part of nursing education is the ability to practice clinical skills in a professional setting under the supervision of nurse preceptors. However, there is limited research on how students view or value such an experience. Using a mixed-methodology approach, this study was aimed at evaluating the preceptorship experiences of third-year student nurses at a nursing school in British Columbia.
Methods: A literature review was conducted before gathering student data; seventeen articles were used for this research. Through a combination of survey and focus groups, both quantitative and qualitative data were used to evaluate the effectiveness of preceptors, unit staff, and clinical placements on student experiences. Themes were developed according to Krueger's Framework (Krueger, 1994).
Results: Twenty-eight students responded to the survey (n=82), providing a 35% response rate. In the survey, respondents predicted approachability would be the most important quality in their preceptor. Eleven students (n=82) participated in the interviews and the themes of workplace culture, relational practice, preparedness, and scheduling emerged.
Conclusion: Findings from this study provide novel understanding of students’ perceptions of preceptors which can help inform nursing curriculum development related to preceptorship experiences.

Department

Nursing

Faculty Advisor

Tracy Hoot and Tracy Christianson

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Nursing Students' Identification of Quality Indicators During a Third Year Summer Preceptorship

Background: Baccalaureate nursing education provides students the opportunity to develop the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills necessary to become successful, practicing Registered Nurses. A pivotal part of nursing education is the ability to practice clinical skills in a professional setting under the supervision of nurse preceptors. However, there is limited research on how students view or value such an experience. Using a mixed-methodology approach, this study was aimed at evaluating the preceptorship experiences of third-year student nurses at a nursing school in British Columbia.
Methods: A literature review was conducted before gathering student data; seventeen articles were used for this research. Through a combination of survey and focus groups, both quantitative and qualitative data were used to evaluate the effectiveness of preceptors, unit staff, and clinical placements on student experiences. Themes were developed according to Krueger's Framework (Krueger, 1994).
Results: Twenty-eight students responded to the survey (n=82), providing a 35% response rate. In the survey, respondents predicted approachability would be the most important quality in their preceptor. Eleven students (n=82) participated in the interviews and the themes of workplace culture, relational practice, preparedness, and scheduling emerged.
Conclusion: Findings from this study provide novel understanding of students’ perceptions of preceptors which can help inform nursing curriculum development related to preceptorship experiences.