Managing your Preceptorship

There is support available for you as a newly qualified nurse in Preceptorship. Preceptorship is a period of time where you will be working with a Preceptor who might be a person you choose or be allocated to. The Preceptor is an experienced Registered nurse who is in the best position to guide and facilitate support. They will help you to apply the knowledge and skills you have learned so far and advise you on how they can be developed further in the practice setting. Identifying your training needs is an important aspect of your new role.

Use the Trust Interprofessional Preceptorship Package to structure to your first year in your new job as a Registered Nurse. Identify training needs of where you’re at now and set some specific clinical competencies and personal objectives to prepare you for where you want to be in the future. This should form part of your action plan and be documented here. Your Preceptor might advise on how the objectives could be achieved and help set timeframes.

Your Preceptor will help you identify learning and development objectives, and give general guidance on:

  • Induction
  • Department structure, communication and Trust expectations
  • Resources available to develop personal and professional skills
  • Developing clinical competencies and delivering safe, best practice
  • Continued professional development (CPD)
  • Team working
  • Increasing exposure to more complex procedures
  • Support in situations not encountered before
  • Enabling and supporting others

Use the Reflective account form to keep a reflective log of your experiences showing how you have achieved your objectives and move forward developing new ones.

Take care to get ready for your first appraisal; these documents will help to evidence your learning and competence in your clinical area.  Also, remember revalidation is the process which allows you to maintain your registration with the NMC.

Keep an up to date professional portfolio of: practice hours, CPD, reflective accounts, professional indemnity, confirmation, practice related feedback and health & character, will demonstrate your ability to practice safely and effectively.