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Being a personal preceptor for nursing students: Registered Nurses' experiences before and after introduction of a preceptor model
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.
2009 (English)In: Journal of Advanced Nursing, ISSN 0309-2402, E-ISSN 1365-2648, Vol. 65, no 1, 161-174 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim. This paper is a report of a study to compare Registered Nurses’ experiences of acting as personal preceptors for nursing students in the year 2000 with the year 2006 and explores relationships between preceptors’ experiences and personal/clinical characteristics.

Background: Preceptoring is experienced as stressful and challenging. How successful preceptors are in this role depends largely on the support they receive. Knowledge about preceptors’ experiences over time and in relation to a preceptor model is limited.

Method: Data were collected by questionnaire in 2000 (n=113) and 2006 (n=109) with preceptor groups in a hospital in Sweden before and after introduction of a preceptor model. Data were analysed with descriptive and correlational statistics using parametric and nonparametric methods.

Findings: Statistically significant improvements were noted in preceptors’ experiences between 2000 and 2006. Statistically significantly more preceptors in 2006 reported that they felt prepared for their role and felt support from teachers, colleagues, chief nurses and enrolled nurses. Least improvement was seen in relation to the questionnaire items workload, constructive feedback and support in linking research results to practice. A strong positive relationship existed between preceptors’ experiences of the preceptor role and the level of interest in preceptoring.

Conclusion: The preceptor model offers a way to support and facilitate preceptors and to develop co-operation between university and hospital. Future research should focus on students’ experiences, experiences of first-time preceptors, head preceptors and teachers from a longitudinal perspective.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 65, no 1, 161-174 p.
Keyword [en]
experience, preceptor, preceptor model, questionnaire, Registered Nurses, support, nursing students
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-7098DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2008.04855.xISI: 000261783500016PubMedID: 19032507Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-57649229264OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-7098DiVA: diva2:126448
Available from: 2008-12-10 Created: 2008-11-17 Last updated: 2016-09-23Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Att vara sjuksköterska: En studie av sjuksköterskeprofessionen avseende omvårdnad, handledning och utveckling
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att vara sjuksköterska: En studie av sjuksköterskeprofessionen avseende omvårdnad, handledning och utveckling
2009 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Avhandlingens övergripande syfte var att klarlägga sjuksköterskors erfarenheter av sjuksköterskeprofessionen avseende omvårdnad, handledning och utveckling. Avhand‐lingen innefattar två kvalitativa (I, II) och två kvantitativa (III, IV) studier. Femton sjuksköterskor intervjuades sex år efter examen (I, II). Sjuksköterskorna var bland de första i Sverige med treårig sjuksköterskeutbildning. Handledare till sjuksköterske‐studenter i verksamhetsförlagd utbildning besvarade ett frågeformulär om handledning före/efter införd handledningsmodell (III, IV). I handledningsstudierna deltog 113 sjuksköterskor år 2000 (III) och 109 (III) respektive 142 (IV) sjuksköterskor år 2006. Svarsfrekvensen motsvarade ca 71% (III, IV). Innehållsanalys (I, II) och statistiska beräk‐ningar (III, IV) utfördes. Analysen visade att sjuksköterskor med treårig sjuksköterskeutbildning och sex års erfarenhet hade hittat sin nisch (II). Ingen ångrade sitt yrkesval. Många var under‐stimulerade samtidigt som de balanserade mellan påfrestning och stimulans (I) hinder och möjligheter (II). Flertalet var tveksamma till om de skulle orka arbeta fram till pensionsåldern (I, II). Inrättandet av en handledningsmodell som gav stöd till både sjuksköterskestudenter och handledare visade sig vara ett bra sätt i att organisera samverkan mellan handledare och lärare (III). Flertalet handledare var nöjda med det stöd de fått och upplevde säkerhet i handledarrollen (III). Emellertid, sjuksköterskor med och utan specialistutbildning värderade sjuksköterskestudenter olika (IV). Behovet av ett fokuserat lärande visades som ett mönster genom resultaten (I, II, III, IV). Avhandlingen visar genom resultaten att sjuksköterskor verkar i en komplex pro‐fession där det krävs skickliga sjuksköterskor för att klara det arbete sjuksköterskan är satt att sköta. För framgång i omvårdnad, handledning och utveckling är den lärande miljön central. En miljö där teori, praktik, forskning och reflektion vävs samman och där stöd, samverkan och professionell utveckling är ledstjärnor. Avhandlingen visar att en ökad samverkan mellan vårdverksamhet och universitet/högskola är nödvändig för att sjuksköterskeutbildningen och omvårdnadsarbetet skall kunna anpassas till hälso‐ och sjukvårdens ökade krav. Avhandlingens resultat kan användas som grund för fortsatta diskussioner med hänsyn till omvårdnadsvetenskap och beslut kring sjuksköterskans arbete såväl i utbildningssammanhang som i vårdverksamhet.

Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this thesis was to elucidate Registered Nurses’ (RNs) experiences of the nursing profession regarding nursing, preceptoring and professional development. The thesis includes two qualitative studies (I, II) and two quantitative studies (III, IV). Fifteen RNs were interviewed six years after graduation (I, II). These nurses were among the first in Sweden to graduate from the 3‐year Bachelor programme in nursing. Preceptors for nursing students in clinical education answered a questionnaire regarding experiences of the preceptor role before/after the introduction of a preceptor model (III, IV). In the studies related to preceptoring 113 RNs participated in 2000 (III), and 109 (III) respectively 142 (IV) RNs participated in 2006, with similar response rates of roughly 71% (III, IV). A content analysis (I, II), and statistic analysis (III, IV) were performed. The analysis showed that RNs graduates from the Bachelor programme in nursing, with six years nursing experience, had found their niche (II). None regretted the choice of profession. Several were under stimulated at the same time as they oscillated between strain and stimulation (I) and between obstacles and opportunities (II). The majority thought that growing old in nursing could prove to be difficult (I, II). The introduction of the preceptor model, with its support to both nursing students and preceptors, showed how to organize co‐operation between preceptors and teachers (III) successfully. The majority of the preceptors were satisfied with the support they had received and experienced a feeling of confidence in their role as preceptor (III). However, specialist nurses and non‐specialist‐nurses valued nursing students differently (IV). The necessity of adopting focused learning emerged as a pattern (I, II, III, IV). The results of the thesis show that RNs work in a complex profession that demands skilled nurses to accomplish the tasks they are required to perform. To successful nursing, preceptoring and development the teaching environment is pre‐dominant. It is an environment where theory, practice, research, feedback and reflection are interwoven and where support, co‐operation and professional development are the guiding‐stars. The thesis shows an increased co‐operation between the healthcare organization and university is necessary in order to adapt the nursing education and profession to the ever increasing demands in health care. The results of the thesis are a contribution to continued discussions regarding nursing science and RN’s work from both educational and health care context.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Östersund: Mittuniversitetet, 2009. 76 p.
Series
Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 68
Keyword
Registered Nurse, profession, nursing, preceptoring, development, experience, satisfaction, support, preceptor, preceptor model, nursing student, interview, questionnaire, Sjuksköterska, profession, omvårdnad, handledning, utveckling, erfarenhet, tillfredsställelse, stöd, handledare, handledningsmodell, sjuksköterskestudent, intervju, frågeformulär
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-8716 (URN)978-91-86073-32-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2009-03-20, Sal F214, Campus Östersund, Östersund, 10:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-03-13 Created: 2009-03-13 Last updated: 2009-03-16Bibliographically approved

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