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BSNC 8100: Practice of Nursing Preceptorship


The Practice of Nursing Preceptorship is a 450-hour practice experience designed for learners to consolidate their theoretical learning with practical application in an entry level clinical setting.

The preceptorship practicum provides learners with more extensive experience in medical/surgical nursing, and for some a clinical learning experience in a Focus of Practice area. Focus of practice settings are varied and may include perinatal, emergency, pediatrics, neonatal, perioperative, nephrology, mental health, high acuity, primary care or community.

Preceptorship provides the learner with the opportunity to synthesize and integrate the nursing knowledge and skills acquired through all previous coursework into their practice. With increasing independence and autonomy, learners demonstrate the ability to implement evidence informed practice and apply clinical reasoning to diverse client situations of increasing acuity and/or complexity. The emphasis is on consolidation of practice capacity while safely managing client assignment.

Building on the consolidation and nursing practice capacity established in Practice of Nursing 8, emphasis is placed on integrating the depth of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and judgments required for the care of diverse and complex client assignments as preparation for transition to licensed practice. There is a focus on developing teamwork and leadership capacities. Upon successful completion, learners will meet the BCCNM Competencies in the Context of Entry Level Registered Nurse Practice in British Columbia.

Preceptorship provides the learner the opportunity to:

  • Consolidate nursing knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Transition to professional practice.
  • Further develop clinical reasoning/judgement in a complex care environment.
  • Work within their designated scope of practice.
  • Integrating evidence into care.
  • Participate collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Effectively manage their patient assignment.
  • Seek out learning experiences.
  • Demonstrate nursing leadership.
  • Develop independence in their role as a nurse and give competent care
  • Manage a nursing workload with some assignment back to the preceptor as required
  • Manage a number of responsibilities such as: unexpected events, complex levels of care, conflict, etc.
  • Exemplify professional values, attitudes, and ethics
  • Communicate therapeutically with clients, families, groups, and communities and integrate these clients into care
  • Advocate on behalf of clients, families, groups and communities
  • Maintain professional development by monitoring, evaluating, and modifying own practice and assuming responsibility for learning
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically, make clinical judgments, value evidence as a basis for practice, and participate collaboratively as a member of the interdisciplinary team
  • Develop personal leadership abilities
  • Communicate nursing’s contribution to the health of clients (nursing agency)
  • Coordinate multidisciplinary care
  • Utilize opportunities to practice specialty nursing skills in the focus of practice

Please take a look at the course outline for BSNC 8100 Practice of Nursing Preceptorship.