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Endorsements (2nd Edition)

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“Mastering Precepting is a must-have handbook for teaching and learning clinical science and a practi- cal overview of how and when that science is relevant. Preceptors are central knowledge workers in today’s complex, fast-paced healthcare systems. ‘On the spot’ precepting calls attention to critical changes in patients across time, while also teaching a vast amount of local knowledge about how a community of practice learns, collaborates, and communicates. This book is an invaluable guide—a must-read for all preceptors and nurse managers.”


–Patricia Benner, PhD, RN, FAAN

Executive  Director,

Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences,

University of California, San Francisco


“Since the concept of reality shock was identified in the early 1970s, we have known that how nurses are socialized into the profession influences the success of their practice and their entire careers. Subsequent research has found that preceptors and a precepted experience are instrumental in helping new graduate registered nurses make the transition to professional nurses. In Mastering Precepting, Beth Ulrich and col- leagues provide an excellent resource for nurses who are learning to become preceptors and for educators who are responsible for preceptor development.”


–Marlene Kramer, PhD, RN, FAAN

President, Health Science Research Associates



“This book is the most significant contribution to the literature in the last two decades on the art and science of preceptorship in the nursing profession. Beth Ulrich and her fellow authors provide theories, practical applications, and ultimately the path forward for transforming organizations and individuals in a complex, modern world that requires disruptive thinking and intentional action to create a better tomorrow for our patients, our colleagues, and our profession.”


–Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, FAAN

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow Alumna 2012-2015 Cohort

Chief Nursing Officer, Texas Health Dallas

NLN  Foundation Chair



“This book is a brilliant and comprehensive resource for all nurses who participate in the critically impor- tant preceptor role. Beth Ulrich and her team have created an exceptionally practical and well-evidenced tool for preceptors and managers that is a must-read for all involved in this process! This book elevates the preceptor role firmly into a formal position that recognizes the essential responsibility preceptors hold.”


–Judith G. Berg, MS, RN, FACHE

President and CEO, HealthImpact



“Preceptors are the linchpins in the smooth transition of nurses and students into new roles. Mastering Precepting: A Nurse’s Handbook for Success is a terrific guide to how to be successful in the preceptor role.”


–Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Editor in Chief, Nurse Leader

Professor and Program Director, Nursing Administration and Financial Leadership,

Florida Atlantic University



“I have had the privilege of being mentored by Beth Ulrich. I say ‘privilege’ because she takes mentorship to heart and, as such, would never take on a mentee if she was unable to give the person her all. This is but one of the essential qualities of mentorship I learned from her. I have met no one who is more skilled at helping mentees navigate difficult situations or reminding them to celebrate their successes. I celebrate you, Beth. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with me and the nursing community.”


–Kenneth W. Dion, PhD, MSN, MBA, RN

Assistant Dean for Business Development and Strategic Relationships

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing



“The second edition of Mastering Precepting: A Nurse’s Handbook for Success improves on the already excellent, evidence-based original. The new chapter on precepting advanced practice nurses adds essential content, and the final chapter, ‘Preceptor Development,’ gives the reader a template for applying every chapter in the book to a preceptor development program. This is a must-read for anyone developing or improving a preceptor program for new graduates transitioning from academic education to practice, for experienced nurses changing specialties or roles, or for nurses changing practice settings. In addition to facilitating the transition of nurses by ensuring adequate knowledge and competency, preceptors transmit the culture of quality and safety. This book keeps its promise—it truly is a handbook for creating successful transitions.”


–Patsy Maloney, EdD, MSN, MA, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CEN

Senior Lecturer, Nursing and Healthcare  Leadership

University of Washington Tacoma



“Beth Ulrich has produced a wonderful book full of thoughtful resources to assist nurses in mastering the art of precepting new leaders. The contributions are masterful and useful for educators, clinicians, and nurse executives!”


–Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN

Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive

Cedars-Sinai  Medical Center

“The role of preceptor is indispensable in the complex, dynamic environments in which nurses at all levels practice today. This second edition of Mastering Precepting provides a compendium of resources for anyone interested in becoming a preceptor, becoming a better preceptor, or improving an organization’s preceptor program. This edition contains practical tips and tools that can be tailored to unique situations and imple- mented immediately. It is also a ready reference for all nurses on coaching, communicating, selecting pre- ceptors, and providing feedback.”


–David Marshall, JD, DNP, RN, CENP, NEA-BC, FAAN

System Chief Nursing and Patient Care Services Executive

The University of Texas Medical Branch

“Learning facilitators are known by many names, and one of those is ‘preceptor.’ Preceptors abound be- cause nursing relies on them to develop talent in specific situations. With the first edition of Mastering Precepting, Dr. Ulrich and her colleagues gave all who precept a ready reference to understand the role and specific skills to be successful. This second edition doesn’t disappoint. Being a preceptor is a complex challenge, a combination of expert practitioner and clinical educator. Because these roles are typically more focused on practitioner than educator, the book’s resources—tables that summarize key informa- tion, forms that invite readers to respond to questions—are especially useful. This second edition concludes with a chapter that supports the preceptor by offering a suggested outline of chapter-by-chapter learning. Mastering Precepting is a one-stop place to learn about what it means to precept, what preceptors do, and what a curriculum focused toward development of preceptors would include. With the emergence of the Certified Nurse Educator–Clinical credential from the National League for Nursing, this book becomes an even more valuable resource.”


–Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAAN

Professor and Dean Emerita, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

President, The Wise Group

“Nurses are expected to lead and serve others toward a better health. Dr. Ulrich said it best: ‘Preceptors are leaders and influencers.’ This book is a must-have for all preceptors to ensure a successful professional journey. I was amazed to see the depth of knowledge found in this book. Furthermore, the content offers an opportunity for the reader to develop a professional plan. This is an excellent resource for all preceptors seeking and pursuing a lifelong journey of professional development.”


–Sylvain “Syl” Trepanier, DNP, RN, CENP, FAAN

Chief Clinical Executive Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health

Southern California Region, Irvine, California

“Mastering Precepting: A Nurse’s Handbook for Success, Second Edition, provides strategies for use by nurses at all levels of practice. The role of precepting has increased importance and newfound trials in to- day’s complex healthcare environment. Dr. Ulrich explores opportunities, challenges, and best practices in this book. Her contemporary view of precepting examines generational differences, specific learner popula- tions, instructional technologies, and self-care strategies. This important book fills gaps in knowledge that nurses may not have known existed.”


–Tamara Kear, PhD, RN, CNS, CNN

Associate Professor of Nursing

M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, Villanova University

Nursing Research Consultant, Main Line Health

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