Preceptor Behaviors Integral to the Promotion of Student Critical Thinking

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In the practice setting, preceptors not only contribute to the relational aspect of the preceptorship experience but, through their behaviors, they also effectively promote the critical thinking ability of students. Through the use of a grounded theory method in a recent study, four specific preceptor-generated behaviors were identified as integral to the promotion of the critical thinking ability of basic baccalaureate nursing students in the practice setting: role modeling, facilitation, guidance, and prioritization. In this article, the description and meaning of these four behaviors are explored and their significance to preceptors and nurse educators who wish to ensure that the critical thinking ability of nursing students is fostered in the practice setting is discussed.

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