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Using a valid and reliable instrument to help identify and select an appropriate nurse preceptor supports the success of both the preceptor and the new nurse graduate. The 14-item Cotter Preceptor Selection Instrument was developed to assess attributes of potential preceptor candidates. Use of a robust and user-friendly instrument can provide nursing leadership with a consistent, measurable, and collaborative process for selecting preceptors.


This instrument was first developed in 2015 and was published in 2018. For further information on this instrument, see the following journal article:

Cotter E, Eckardt P, Moylan L. Instrument Development and Testing for Selection of Nursing Preceptors. J Nurses Prof Dev. 2018 Jul/Aug;34(4):185-193. doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000464. PMID: 29975311.

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