What makes a good preceptor?

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The preceptor is the key person who will contribute to your successful completion of the orientation program. Preceptors should be those nurses who really enjoy working with new graduates, have the patience of a saint, and are well organized and able to teach.

Not every experienced nurse makes a good preceptor. There are qualities that nurses need to have to become a preceptor, which include:

  • The need to possess motivation and team building skills, as well as conflict resolution skills
  • The ability to assist the new graduate in the development of skills such as critical thinking
  • The ability to understand the learning needs of the orientee and plan clinical experiences accordingly


Editor's note: This excerpt was adpapted from Stressed Out About Your First Year of Nursing. Check out our other nursing resources here.