Addressing Unsafe Student Behavior

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Abstract

This article is one in a series on the roles of adjunct clinical faculty and preceptors, who teach nursing students and new graduates to apply knowledge in clinical settings. Even students nearing the end of their educational program may struggle in the clinical setting and lack the knowledge and skills necessary to provide safe care. The preceptor serves as a role model and helps ensure that only students who are adequately prepared transition to professional practice. This article discusses the role of the nurse preceptor, identifies examples of unsafe student behavior, and shares strategies for preventing and managing such situations in the clinical setting.

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