Preceptorship should be supported by an experienced practitioner, known as a preceptor. Their role is to promote the confidence of the NRN and facilitate learning and development as they work towards becoming an independent professional. The preceptor role focusses on enabling the NRN to refine their skills, values and behaviours within the context of their first nursing post and to underpin their future professional practice. This is underpinned by learning from best practice in providing effective patient-centred care and developing a foundation for lifelong learning.
The RCN believe that to ensure a smooth transition into the profession, a preceptorship period – or an NRN period - is essential. The NMC ‘strongly recommend’ that all NRNs should have a period of preceptorship at the start of their nursing career.