Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
An expectation of the nurse preceptor role includes the ability to evaluate, deliver feedback, and coach new graduate nurses. A gap in nurse preceptors' communication skills can affect the safety-related behaviors and quality of care provided by new graduate nurses, thus affecting patient outcomes. To bridge this gap, robust training on delivering feedback and coaching is needed for preceptors. The purpose of this staff education project was to develop and validate 5 communication simulation scenarios for preceptor training. Mezirow's transformative learning theory and the National League for Nurses-Jeffries simulation theory were used to guide the project. A panel of nurse leaders served as subject-matter experts who evaluated each simulation scenario and individual components using a Likert-style scoring method. Lynn's model for validation was used to determine the validity of individual components and overall scenarios. Each component and scenario scored 0.83 or higher according to Lynn's model and was deemed valid. The panel members recommended that the components and scenarios be integrated into the preceptor-training program at the project site. Incorporating the validated scenarios into a preceptor-training program might allow nurse preceptors the opportunity to practice effective communication skills in a simulation setting. Implications for positive social change include professional development for preceptors, effective training for new graduate nurses, and improved outcomes for patients.