No one can successfully get through life without the support and caring of others. The same is true for our careers. Nurse preceptors and mentors act as our personal guides, especially when we transition to new levels in our careers. Whether we get that first job as a new nurse following graduation or get that promotion, the need for support intensifies.
First, let me define the two terms, which in my mind are slightly different. The New Oxford dictionary describes a mentor as an “experienced and trusted advisor.” Meanwhile, a preceptor is defined as a “teacher or instructor.” Regardless of the term we use or the learning setting we are in, the influence and support of such individuals are vital to our success.