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Project: Preceptorship guidance and standards


A subject matter expert group for the development of standards and guidance on preceptorship for registered nurses and midwives is a project group established by the Education Department of NMBI. The purpose of the expert group is to develop national standards and guidance for registered nurses and midwives on preceptorship.   

The group was established in January 2015 by the Acting Chief Education Officer on foot of Recommendation C11.1 of the Report of the Review of Undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery Degree Programmes (Department of Health, 2012).

The expert group consists of the following members: 

  • Ms Denise Carroll – Professional Advisor, NMBI and Project Lead/Chairperson
  • Ms Judith Foley – Acting Chief Education Officer, NMBI and Sponsor
  • Ms Rosemary Lyons – Programme Director, BSc Nursing (ID), University of Limerick
  • Dr Bridie McCarthy – Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork
  • Dr Edel McSharry – Lecturer, BN (International), St. Angela’s College, Sligo
  • Ms Freda Neill – Clinical Skills Manager, Trinity College Dublin 


To date, the work of the group has covered:

  • A review of the national and international literature on preceptorship.  This includes alternative terms used in other jurisdictions ( i.e. mentor),  evidence of best practice and standards utilised by other regulatory bodies for this purpose
  • A review of international models of clinical supervision used in undergraduate nursing/midwifery education
  • Consultation with international nursing/midwifery regulatory bodies on clinical supervision
  • A review of models of clinical supervision used by the allied professions

Future work of the group planned includes:

  • Research into the experience of preceptor’s function, appointment, preparation and role in undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery Student supervision and assessment of clinical competence attainment and to identify their guidance needs
  • Analysis of the research findings and supporting literature review in devising standards
  • Convening of a working group with representation from key stakeholders to review draft standards
  • Undertaking of wide consultation on draft standards with key stakeholders
  • Analysis of submissions on draft standards to redraft standards as required
  • Presentation of draft standards to the NMBI Standards and Validation Committee for approval
  • Publishing and dissemination of the preceptor standards to the professions of nursing and midwifery  

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