Preparing Nurses and Engaging Preceptors

Jennifer M. Newton, Stephen Billett, Brian Jolly, Cherene Ockerby

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The healthcare workforce is a complex entity that provides ongoing challenges for the preparation of professionals. This chapter examines the preparation of undergraduate student nurses to become functioning registered nurses through their experiences in practice settings. The concept of preceptorship is explored as a premise to examining workplace learning for nursing. The worth and qualities of preceptorship are discussed in the context of a 3-year Australian study that followed the journeys of novice and experienced nurses in their preparation to either become a nurse or engage in being a preceptor. The intricacies of workplace learning in relation to individuals’ dispositions, the level of engagement with available learning opportunities, and the receptiveness of the workplace to the novice are posited as the bases for a learning practice supported through a partnership model of learning. Pedagogical strategies are considered that can enhance the contributions of both the academic institution and healthcare organisation in realising the potential of both novice and practitioner in professional learning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProfessional and Practice-based Learning
EditorsStephen Billett, Amanda Henderson
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9789048139378
ISBN (Print)9789048139361
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameProfessional and Practice-based Learning
ISSN (Print)2210-5549
ISSN (Electronic)2210-5557


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