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preceptorship[pre-sep´ter-ship] (pl. pre·cep·tor·ship)
a short-term relationship between a student as novice and an experienced staff person (such as a professional nurse) as the preceptor who provides individual attention to the student's learning needs and feedback regarding performance; students experience relative independence in making decisions, setting priorities, management of time, and patient care activities.
A period of practical training for a student or novice under the supervision of a preceptor.
Etymology: L, prae + capere, to take up
1 the position of teacher or instructor.
2 a defined period of time in which two people (a nurse with a student nurse or an experienced nurse with a new graduate) work together so that the less experienced person can learn and apply knowledge and skills in the practice setting with the help of the more experienced person.
preceptorshipA structured, supportive period of transition from learning to applying a complex skill (e.g., nursing) that requires a long and rigourous period of education. Preceptorship is similar to apprenticeship and serves as a bridge during the transition from student nurse to practitioner.
preceptorshipGraduate education A period of hands-on training under a physician or surgeon skilled in a technique–eg, placement of a stent in a coronary artery, or laparoscopic surgery. See Laparoscopic surgery, Paradoxical movement.
n the position of teacher or instructor to a new or recent graduate.