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  1. Sedgwick, Monique PhD, RN
  2. Yonge, Olive PhD, RN
  3. Myrick, Florence PhD, RN


In this ethnographic study, undergraduate nursing students' experience of a rural-hospital-based preceptorship was a team effort that involved all members of the hospital staff. Daily and intimate interaction with the interdisciplinary hospital team had a significant impact on these students' ability to develop a professional identity. Indeed, for students to be successful in their preceptorship, nursing faculty members need to develop strategies that help the hospital team support students during a preceptorship.