Unlocking the possibilities of preceptorship

Mrs Hannah Bailey1

1THS-HS, Australia


Trusting the Process is a Practice Development Mantra and it is a phrase that can often be heard echoing through the Centre for Education and Research for Tasmanian Health Services South.

Preceptorship’s importance in the transitioning of nurses into a new practice area is undeniable and saturated throughout academic literature. Smack bang in the middle of a pandemic and a global nursing & midwifery workforce shortage, it has never been more important to entice and support our nursing and midwifery workforce in Tasmania.

Through the lens of Practice Development methodology, principles and ways of working, the existing Preceptor Workshop was dismantled, reviewed and revived. With organisational recognition of the importance of a positive preceptor relationship, the appropriate investment into the education and facilitation of our preceptors is vital in achieving meaningful participation.

Practice development demystifies facilitation, and ultimately what is preceptorship if not facilitating point of care learning, person centeredness, fostering growth and development?

The workshop is an action learning based program empowering the nurse and midwife to enact, enable and facilitate person centred education and care in their precepting role, ultimately ensuring positive patient outcomes, reducing attrition rates, and increasing retention of Transitioning Nurses and Midwives.

The preceptor program recognises the power of the nursing and midwifery professions, celebrates our passion for the work we do, and explores the possibilities available to us.


Hannah Bailey is the Clinical Nurse Educator for Transition to Practice Tasmanian Health Service – Hospitals South.

Hannah is the coordinator of the graduate nurse transition to practice portfolio and is passionate in developing support and facilitation frameworks to mitigate the deleterious effects of negative transition experiences have on transition nurses and the broader workforce.

Hannah attended Practice Development School in 2019; taking the transformational learnings from this experience, utilising academic literature, feedback, evidence and practice development principles Hannah has co-led the  development and implementation of an evidenced based preceptor program.