Nurse Preceptor Career Guide

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Overview

An RN Preceptor plays a pivotal role in guiding and mentoring newly graduated registered nurses (RNs) or nurses transitioning to new clinical settings. These experienced registered nurses provide hands-on training, support and guidance to help novice nurses develop the skills and confidence needed to excel in their nursing careers.

Essential Job Functions:

RN Preceptors are responsible for onboarding and orienting

Education

To become an RN Preceptor, candidates need to hold a valid and active RN license. This requires completing an accredited nursing program, which typically includes a diploma, associate degree, or bachelor's degree in nursing.

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Related certifications

To be eligible for the role of an RN Preceptor, nurses generally need to have a minimum of two to three years of clinical experience in a specific nursing specialty. This experience provides them with the expertise and confidence necessary to guide and teach less experienced nurses effectively.

State licenses process and requirements

All 50 states require state licensure to become a professional nurse. Review the step-by-step process to obtain or renew your RN license in each one.
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Skills

Staff and Travel RN Preceptors require a diverse set of skills. Strong clinical knowledge, effective communication, and the ability to teach and mentor others are essential. Patience, empathy and the capacity to provide constructive feedback are crucial for helping new nurses navigate the challenges of their roles.

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Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of an RN Preceptor is to facilitate the professional growth and development of new nurses. They create individualized learning plans, supervise clinical practice, evaluate performance and provide ongoing support. Preceptors also collaborate with nurse educators and nursing leadership to ensure a seamless transition for new nurses.

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Nurse Preceptor
$1,984-2,570/week

The average salary for a Nurse Preceptor is $2,259.41 per week.

Last updated on July 12, 2024. Based on active jobs on Vivian.com.

Pros & Cons

Becoming an RN Preceptor offers numerous rewards. It provides experienced nurses with the opportunity to make a positive impact on the nursing profession by helping new nurses develop their skills and confidence. It can also enhance the preceptor's own clinical and teaching abilities.

However, the role comes with challenges. Preceptors may need to balance their clinical responsibilities with their mentoring duties,

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Nurse Preceptor Jobs


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Travel Contract

Travel Nurse RN - Preceptor

  • Auburn, WA
  • Planet Healthcare
  • 3x12 hrs, Days
  • Referral Bonus

$2,646/week

Estimated pay package
Posted 13 days ago
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Travel Contract

Travel Nurse RN - Preceptor

  • Saint Johnsbury, VT
  • Travel Nurse Across America
  • 3x12 hrs, Days

$2,036/week

Posted 3 days ago
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Staff Position

Registered Nurse (RN) - Preceptor

  • Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • Falls Church, VA
  • Days

$36-54/hour

View job details for Registered Nurse (RN) - Preceptor
Staff Position

Registered Nurse (RN) - Preceptor

  • Inova Mount Vernon Hospital
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Days

$36-54/hour

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