Module 3: Navigating the Practice Continuum - The Role of the Preceptor and Educator

Precepting is an organized, evidence-based, outcome-driven approach to assuring competent practice.  A knowledgeable and skilled nursing preceptor advances and supports the recruitment, integration, satisfaction and retention of nursing preceptees across the practice continuum. This module describes the role and responsibilities of the both the preceptor and the clinical nurse educator in supporting and guiding the successful transition of the preceptée to practice.  The role of the clinical nurse educator in facilitating the preceptor’s acquisition and integration of knowledge and skills and enhancing the preceptor and preceptée relationship is also incorporated with the module.  By working in partnership to develop and implement an individualized plan for a preceptée, the preceptor and clinical nurse educator also advance a positive learning and practice environment.    

Release Date:
June 2022

Expiration Date:
June 2025

Target Audience

This activity is intended for Registered Nurses assuming the preceptor role, and Clinical Nurse Educators working in partnership with their preceptors.

In the context of this course, a clinical educator means a registered nurse who teaches in the clinical setting, including the preceptor, clinical faculty, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practice specialist, professional development specialist, and others.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the attributes and roles of the preceptor that apply across the practice continuum.
  2. Differentiate between the role and responsibilities of the preceptée, preceptor and clinical nurse educator.
  3. Describe three examples of how a knowledgeable and skilled preceptor has a positive impact on patient care and organizational goals. 

Additional Information

Provided by: 

The Norman Knight Nursing Center     

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Betsy Corrigan, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, PCCN-K

Betsy is the clinical nurse educator for Grant 4 and Pavilion 6 Cardiac Telemetry units at EMMC. She participates in transitioning newly graduated nurses in the Nurse Residency Program, orientation of clinical staff to the unit, facilitating preceptorships, competency assessment, and continuing education. She has been a nurse for over 20 years and worked on a Medical–Surgical Unit, an Acute Dialysis Unit and then transferred into the Progressive Care Unit of the Frances Langford Heart Center when it opened in 2006 at Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart, Florida.  She moved back to Maine in 2011 and took a position at Mount Desert Island Hospital as the clinical nurse educator and continues to teach basic cardiac rhythm recognition, and is an American Heart Association BLS and ACLS instructor. 

She has served on many education committees throughout her career in community and professional organizations.  She worked with the Kidney Association of the Treasure Coast to provide patient and family education to those suffering from end-stage renal disease; the Treasure Coast Association of Critical Care Nurses in delivering continuing education to novice critical care nurses, and co-chaired the Preceptor Committee. She is a member of the Association of Nurses in Professional Development, American Nurses Association-ME, Organization of Maine Nurse Executives, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the Maine Clinical Nurse Educator Group. 

Betsy is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida receiving a BSN and then a MSN in the Nursing Education tract.  She developed a preceptor program that incorporated the AACN Synergy Model in Practice as her capstone project. The program was designed to provide for the best match between the preceptor competencies and the new nurse characteristics to create successful transitions into nursing practice. She has completed certificate programs in Leadership and Simulation at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Mass General Brigham designates this activity for 4.00 ANCC contact hours. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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