1. Walters, Amber RN

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As the designated preceptor for a hospital-based ambulatory clinic, "An Evidence-Based Approach to Precepting New Nurses" (Special Feature, March) piqued my interest. In this article, Barba and colleagues share encouraging research results regarding the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Center's standardized preceptor program, including a 50% decrease in staff turnover and significant cost savings.


Barba and colleagues describe the specific benefits of a standardized preceptor program. Additionally, I want to tout the Married State Preceptorship Model (MSPM), which my employer uses. This model allows the preceptor and preceptee to remain together one-on-one throughout the entire orientation process. During orientation, the two take on a full patient assignment rather than a partial assignment. The preceptor initially takes the lead, and progressively transitions care to the preceptee with time. According to Figueroa and colleagues, benefits of the model include safety promotion, reduced transition-to-practice anxiety, and decreased turnover.1


The research evidence unveils a multitude of benefits associated with combining the use of strong preceptor models and programs during the orientation process. Thank you for keeping us abreast of this vital information.


Amber Walters, RN


Durham, NC




1. Figueroa S, et al Stabilizing and retaining a quality nursing work force through the use of the Married State Preceptorship Model J Contin Educ Nurs 2013 44 8 365-73 [Context Link]