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Effective collaboration enhances rural preceptorship training

Charleston, R and Goodwin, Val (2004) Effective collaboration enhances rural preceptorship training. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 13 (4). pp. 225-231. ISSN 1445-8330

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Preceptorship is a valuable strategy largely underestimated in its ability to influence nursing students’ attitudes and beliefs about mental health nursing. As a model, it has the potential to influence nursing practice, enhance clinical learning, promote recruitment and retention, and generate a more collaborative approach for nursing student supervision. The relationship is usually for a fixed and limited timeframe where the preceptor inspires and supports the growth and development of the student nurse, and encourages role socialization into the profession (Morton-Cooper & Palmer 2000). The challenge for mental health services is to achieve success in the provision of effective preceptorship, ensure positive and rewarding clinical experiences for nursing students, and improve recruitment and retention rates for the service. These aims are substantially more difficult to achieve in the absence of quality education, training and support for preceptors. This paper describes the use of preceptorship training to address recruitment issues in a rural service, particularly the need for effective preceptorship at undergraduate level, which has been shown to have an impact on the willingness of new nursing graduates to enter the mental health nursing field. The design and delivery of the training programme is outlined, including details of the program evaluation and its subsequent impact on psychiatric nurses’ approach to and practice of preceptorship. Finally, the broader issue of the value of training nurses in larger groups, enlisting a critical mass of preceptors within an individual mental health service, is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID18993, education, mental health, psychiatric nursing, nursing, preceptorship, rural
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2012 04:41
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2012 04:41
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