Critical friends : a way to develop preceptor competence?

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Title Critical friends : a way to develop preceptor competence?
Author(s) Carlson, Elisabeth
Date 2015
English abstract
Preceptorship entails for nurses to create a supportive learning and working climate where students or newcomers are given opportunities to develop professional competence. However, being a skilled and experienced nurse does not automatically turn the professional into a skilled educator as teaching of a subject is a whole different story. Preceptors need to continuously and critically reflect on their practices in order to facilitate the development of professional pedagogical competence. Critical friends are colleagues with comparable educational background evaluating the work of each other. The relationship should rely on friendship and mutual trust, adding new dimensions to the reflective process. Being engaged in a critical friendship allows the “friends” to become aware of their own shortcomings which can then be reflected on in relation to clinical as well as pedagogical practices. Being and having a critical friend might be one promising way forward for preceptors to develop pedagogical and professional competence.
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Publisher Elsevier
Host/Issue Nurse Education in Practice;6
Volume 15
ISSN 1471-5953
Pages 470-471
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Preceptor
Critical friend
Professional development
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