Date of Award


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Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Executive Leadership

First Supervisor

Loretta Quigley, EdD, RN, CNE

Second Supervisor

Cathleen Dotterer, EdD


The purpose of this interpretive phenomenological study was to explore, through analysis, six Central New York State nurse preceptors’ experiences relating to their preparedness and empowerment to train graduate nurses in the acute care hospital setting.

The nurse preceptor participants expressed concern for the lack of clarity, expectations, and preparation for their leadership roles. The participants reported that combining information, support, and resources are essential for the sustainability of the nurse preceptor role. Recommendations for practice improvement would be to introduce preceptor preparation early in a nurses career, and to update educational delivery to meet the current climate of healthcare.

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