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  1. Moore, Marsha L. EdD, RN


Nursing preceptorships facilitate the nurse's transition into highly technical, rapidly changing healthcare environments. Preceptorships are time intensive and require specialized training. Are they worth the effort? This exploratory study examined nursing departments with and without preceptorships through the lens of an organizational learning model. The preceptorship group rated their departments higher in organizational learning (p < .002) and performance (p < .008). This study suggests that when preceptorships are linked to the nursing department's mission and goals, the department's ability to adapt to change is enhanced. Benefits to the nursing department are suggested. Acquiring skills to create a culture of continuous learning is essential. Preceptorships are emerging as an effective strategy when competing for scarce resources. Ongoing support, education, and mentoring of preceptors are necessary to meet the challenges that lie ahead.