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Does Preceptorship improve confidence and competence in Newly Qualified Nurses: A systematic literature review

Irwin, Carole; Bliss, Julie; Poole, Karen


Carole Irwin
Portfolio Lead: Quality, Governance and Enhancement

Julie Bliss

Karen Poole


© 2017 Aim A systematic literature review to assess whether preceptorship improves confidence and competence in Newly Qualified Nurses. Background Preceptorship was introduced into nursing in the United Kingdom in 1991 with the original aim to improve competence and confidence. This systematic review was undertaken to review the evidence of the impact of preceptorship on confidence and competence of nurses in their first year post qualifying. Data Sources A comprehensive search of The British Nursing Index, CINAHL, Embase, Medline, PsycInfo, PyscArticles, Campbell Collaboration; Cochrane, HMIC, ERIC, ASSIA, Web of Science, Scopus, Scopus Conference, Web of Science Conferences; NHS Evidence, OpenGrey, National Technical, NINR, Opendoar, SSRN, Kings College London and the RCN was conducted. Methods A PRISMA structured systematic review was carried out, 14 papers 4 mixed methods, 8 qualitative, 1 scoping review and 1 service development, published between 1996 and 2013 were critically reviewed, and data extracted using thematic analysis. Results Four themes were identified from a thematic analysis: measurement, knowledge and experience, support, and structure. Conclusion While one-to-one preceptorship does influence confidence and competence, Preceptorship Programmes has greater impact than the individual preceptor. Due to limited empirical research there is no concrete evidence that Preceptorship has a direct impact on confidence or competence. Further research into team preceptorship/choice of preceptors and what impacts on Newly Qualified Nurses confidence and competence is required.


Irwin, C., Bliss, J., & Poole, K. (2018). Does Preceptorship improve confidence and competence in Newly Qualified Nurses: A systematic literature review. Nurse Education Today, 60, 35-46.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Sep 21, 2017
Online Publication Date Sep 28, 2017
Publication Date Jan 1, 2018
Journal Nurse Education Today
Print ISSN 0260-6917
Electronic ISSN 1532-2793
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 60
Pages 35-46
Keywords preceptorship, preceptor, preceptee, newly qualified nurse, confidence, competence
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