This exploratory qualitative study was performed in order to identify the potentially transformative learning experiences of nurse preceptors. Semi-structured in depth interviews with nurse preceptors revealed how the experiences of acting as a teacher, trainer, and coach to new nurses bridges the gap between formal education and nursing practice. The lived experiences and the reflections on those experiences were examined in order to identify how the preceptor derived meaning from assisting new nurses into the profession. Such critical reflection revealed how these experiences resulted in new meaning schemes as well as identified some barriers to performing the receptor role.


Preceptors, Meaning Making, Nursing Education, Semi-Structured Interview

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Janice Miller is Professor of Nursing at the College of DuPage, in Glen Ellyn, IL. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: millerja@cod.edu.

Brian Vivona is Assistant Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Governors State University, in University Park, IL. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: bvivona@govst.edu.

Gene Roth is Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: groth@niu.edu.

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