Relationship-Based Precepting

A successful preceptor program hinges on utilizing and implementing best practices in program development and organizational change theory. Relationship-Based Precepting is a comprehensive program, based on the science of caring, which expands the preceptor role to embrace and execute critical elements of leadership at the point of care.

The Relationship-Based Precepting Model integrates four core elements—supervision, socialization, professional practice, and resiliency—that must be addressed in the day-to-day application of precepting.

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This program, designed and tested by consultant Traci Hanlon, MN, RN, ensures that your precepting program shows a high return on investment.


Expected outcomes from implementing Relationship-Based Precepting Model in conjunction with a comprehensive preceptor program include

  • Improved preceptor satisfaction
  • Improved preceptee satisfaction
  • Improved readiness to practice for orientee/preceptee
  • Decreased orientation time
  • Improved staff engagement
  • Improved staff satisfaction


Relationship-Based Precepting:  What it is and Why it Matters

Traci Hanlon, Consultant at Creative Health Care Management, describes a precepting model that guides the day-to-day practice of precepting and articulates the critical elements necessary for precepting to be a successful component of any comprehensive orientation program.

Although most organizations use preceptors in their onboarding process, many organizations fail to do so in a formal and evidence based manner resulting in a lack of preceptor engagement, decreased orientee satisfaction and retention and poor new graduate readiness to practice outcomes.

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