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BCIT asks that all preceptors have current CRNBC license. It is preferable that the preceptor have at least one year of full-time employment in the agency. An interest in preceptorship and willingness to be a preceptor enhances the learning experience for both preceptor and student.

Ideally the preceptor has participated in a preceptorship workshop if offered by the health authority. The preceptor is responsible and accountable to their employment agency, and not to BCIT.

The Preceptor:

  • Orients the student to the unit and/or focus of practice area, including physical layout, daily routines, patient population, and introductions to staff.
  • Is knowledgeable about policies and procedures in the health authority, agency, and/or focus of practice area.
  • Shares knowledge and skills with the student.
  • Models a positive attitude about nursing and has a good work ethic.
  • In consultation with the student, identifies opportunities for learning and selects appropriate work assignments.
  • Supervises the student and provides ongoing feedback to enhance knowledge and practice.
  • Is approachable, and asks the student questions to enhance learning and stimulate critical thinking.
  • Assists the student to manage changes in client status.
  • Reports student progress to the BCIT instructor.
  • Is invited to make comments and recommendations on the midterm and final evaluation forms.
  • Attends midterm and final evaluation interviews.
  • Assists student to meet the 275 (Practice of Nursing 9) and 200 (Practice of Nursing 10) hour commitment. Validates hours attended.
  • In Practice of Nursing 10, assists the student to gradually accept responsibility for the RN role in the focus of practice area.