Date of Award


Document Type

Evidence Based Nursing Education Project

Degree Name

Master Of Science In Nursing

Colleges & School

Ruth S. Coleman College Of Nursing And Health Sciences

First Advisor

Donald Miller, MSN, RN

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Nursing -- Study and teaching (Preceptorship); Nursing students


Purpose: The purpose of this review was to compare current research related to preceptorship programs with trained preceptors and to determine the effects that trained preceptors have on the transition to practice for new graduate nurses. Design: An integrated literature review was conducted using both quantitative and qualitative peer reviewed research studies on preceptorships in acute care settings. Boychuk Duchscher’s Transition Shock Theory guided this review. Methods: Research published between the years of 2010-2015, was obtained through a structured electronic data search. Findings and conclusions were synthesized into major themes. Findings: Ten studies were analyzed and seven major themes were identified as a result. The themes include the following: turnover, job satisfaction, stress management, critical thinking, work engagement and communication, role development/competence, and confidence. Conclusions: The findings support the integration of a preceptor training program at the institution in which the preceptorship takes place. Relevance to Nursing Education: Current and future preceptor training programs should be created, evaluated, and implemented by the nurse educators at that institution.


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