Nursing Preceptorship: Cultivating Competence


About the Course  

Episode 1: In this episode, delve into the nuances of preceptorship versus mentorship, highlighting how preceptorship verifies clinical competence for specific roles, while mentorship nurtures professional and personal growth. Discover the vital role effective preceptors play in guiding new nurses through their clinical journey, embodying commitment, teaching prowess, and professionalism. Explore the strategies they employ, including providing regular feedback, using Socratic questioning, and applying scaffolding theory to foster independent clinical judgment.

Episode 2: This episode delves into practical tools and strategies for nursing preceptors, tackling challenges like addressing performance issues and maintaining work-life balance. Emphasizing clear communication and problem-solving skills, the importance of cultural competence in the preceptor-preceptee relationship is explored alongside legal considerations. Looking ahead, innovative technologies such as virtual reality and AI-assisted coaching are discussed as potential enhancements to the precepting experience. 

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Define the key differences between preceptorship and mentorship. 
  • Identify the characteristics of effective preceptors in guiding new nurses through their clinical journey. 
  • Recognize the importance of clear communication and problem-solving skills in the preceptor-preceptee relationship. 
  • Recognize the potential benefits of innovative technologies like virtual reality and AI-assisted coaching in enhancing the precepting experience. 

About the Presenter

Dr. Candace Pierce is a nurse leader committed to ensuring nurses are well prepared and offered abundant opportunities and resources to enhance their skills acquisition and confidence at the bedside. With 15 years in nursing, she has worked at the bedside, in management, and in nursing education. She has demonstrated expertise and scholarship in innovation and design thinking in healthcare and education, and collaborative efforts within and outside of healthcare. Scholarship endeavors include funded grants, publications, and presentations. As a leader, Dr. Pierce strives to empower others to create and deploy ideas and embrace their professional roles as leaders, change agents, and problem solvers. In her position as the Sr. Course Development Manager for Elite, she works as a project engineer with subject matter experts to develop evidence-based best practices in continuing education for nurses and other healthcare professionals.    

Robin McCormick has been a nurse leader for over 24 years in nursing practice, leadership, management, and education.  Dr. McCormick earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Troy University in 2018, a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of South Alabama in 2007, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in 2000 from Troy University. Dr. McCormick has published and presented on topics relevant to nursing practice and education on the local, national, and international levels.  With a passion for improving community health outcomes, Dr. McCormick has a research focus on mental health, maternal-child outcomes, and community health.   

How to Receive Credit  

  • Listen to the entire recording which requires a 1 hour commitment of time.
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity.
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 75% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.  

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Accreditations and Approvals

Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.