Mentors or preceptors? Narrowing the theorypractice gap

Paul Armitage*, Phillip Burnard

*Corresponding author for this work

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The use of mentors in the clinical field has been debated in the recent nursing literature. The notion of the preceptor has also been considered. This paper compares the roles of the mentor and preceptor and offers some suggestions as to how those roles may help to narrow the theory/practice gap in nursing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-229
Number of pages5
JournalNurse Education Today
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1991
Externally publishedYes


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