What Is The Preceptor Challenge?

The Preceptor Challenge was created to provide nurses with an opportunity for practical application of theory-based precepting in a lifelike virtual hospital setting. The highly interactive course teaches nurses in all areas of patient care, how to apply best practices and how to identify the rationales that make these practices "best.”

After completing this course, learners will be able to:

  • 1Describe the roles and responsibilities of a preceptor

  • 2Demonstrate best practices in communication skills with a preceptee, staff and patients

  • 3Develop and implement a learning plan with a preceptee based on his or her needs and goals

  • 4Demonstrate understanding of critical thinking skills as supported by current protocols, evidence-based research and best practices

  • 5Provide constructive feedback and evaluation to the preceptee

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Course Content

Throughout the course, learners are familiarized with their new roles as socializers and educators to equip them with the tools to effectively carry out their new additional responsibilities. Using virtual characters in realistic hospital settings, nurses apply theory-based practices in real-life interactive scenarios. In this safe, experimental arena, future preceptors will experience successful interactions with four preceptees to prepare for the unique challenges they will face in their new role.

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CE Hours Earned

3.5 CEs
CEs Expire Sept. 1, 2024

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The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, Provider Number 0012. The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP1036 for 3.5 contact hours. This CE expires on September 1, 2024.

AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory continuing education contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill continuing education requirements.

Successful Completion

Learners must complete 100% of the activity and the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.