Mastering Precepting, Third Edition

Written for staff nurses and other care providers, managers, and educators, this third edition of Mastering Precepting teaches preceptors both the science and art of precepting and empowers them to seek the support they need to be effective.

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Mastering Precepting, Third Edition, is masterful in providing both theoretical and practical guidance for beginning and experienced preceptors. I especially learned from excellent short case studies throughout the book that illustrate challenging situations in precepting along with a strengths-based approach to precepting. This book highlights and supports the vital role of preceptors in improving the quality and safety of healthcare. It is a must-read resource for every preceptor, who will find sage coaching and insights in each chapter. Dr. Beth Ulrich and her collaborators provide cutting-edge thinking about experiential clinical learning that all nurse educators in all settings will find enlightening, useful, and inspiring.

Patricia Benner, PhD, RN, FAAN
Executive Director,
Faculty Development Office, NovEx, Novice to Expert Learning System
Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
University of California, San Francisco

This book is brilliant, relevant, and a must-have resource for all preceptors and those supporting the lifelong learning journey of preceptors. This edition provides updated strategies for all preceptors and the ability to develop meaningful action plans to enhance the learning journeys.

Sylvain Trepanier, DNP, RN, CENP, FAONL, FAAN
SVP, Chief Nursing Officer
Providence, Renton, Washington

In today's turbulent healthcare environment, preceptors play a crucial role in the successful professional transition of nurses. The nurse tenure in acute care settings has dropped over the past years, and many of today's preceptors are new to their roles. Precepting is both an art and a science. This new edition of Mastering Precepting provides an evidence-based road map for preceptor development and strategies to avoid preceptor burnout.

Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Professor Emeritus
Florida Atlantic University
Editor-in-Chief, Nurse Leader

Once we expected faculty to monitor students, for new graduates to 'figure it out,' and for a nurse with any experience to transition anywhere needed. Then, as we focused on safety and quality, we realized all those individuals needed support of some kind to acquire the new expected competencies of the role in that setting. Once again, that is what Dr. Ulrich and her colleagues have done in the third edition of Mastering Precepting with just the right balance of theory and practicality to make this a most useful book.

Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAONL, FAAN
Professor and Dean Emerita, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Co-Founder and Vice President, the Nurses Legacy Institute
Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing

Preceptors have the power and opportunity to inspire nurses and other healthcare providers to achieve greatness. Effective precepting programs depend on two critical groups: those who organize and manage the programs and those who support, teach, and coach. Beth Ulrich and her team of expert contributing authors provide the knowledge, tools, skills, and wisdom both groups need for success.

Written for staff nurses and other care providers, managers, and educators, this third edition of Mastering Precepting teaches preceptors both the science and art of precepting and empowers them to seek the support they need to be effective. For managers, it emphasizes the importance of providing preceptors with positive and supportive experiences. For educators, it provides the information and knowledge required to develop and improve preceptor programs.


  • Chapter 1: The Preceptor Role
  • Chapter 2: Learning: The Foundation of Precepting
  • Chapter 3: Core Precepting Concepts
  • Chapter 4: Precepting Strategies
  • Chapter 5: Developing a Professional Identity
  • Chapter 6: Having a Plan: Developing and Using Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes
  • Chapter 7: Communication
  • Chapter 8: Coaching
  • Chapter 9: Effectively Using Instructional Technologies
  • Chapter 10: Precepting Specific Learner Populations
  • Chapter 11: Precepting Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
  • Chapter 12: Assessing and Addressing Preceptee Behavior and Motivation
  • Chapter 13: Pragmatics of Precepting
  • Chapter 14: Self-Care for Preceptors
  • Chapter 15: The NPD Practitioner: Responsibility for Preceptor Programs
  • Chapter 16: For Managers: Selecting, Supporting, and Sustaining Preceptors
  • Chapter 17: Preceptor Development


Downloads available on Mastering Precepting resource page include:

  • Preceptor Development Plans
  • Chapter 3: Core Precepting Concepts (PDF download)
  • Expanded Author Bio

These free resources can be found on the Mastering Precepting resource page.


Beth Tamplet Ulrich, EdD, RN, FACHE, FAONL, FAAN, is a Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing in Galveston in the DNP Program, and Editor-in-Chief of the Nephrology Nursing Journal. She is a nationally recognized thought leader who is known for her research studying nursing work environments and the experiences of new graduate nurses as they transition from nursing school into the workforce.