In this section of the School of Nursing and Midwifery website, preceptors can access a wide variety of information relating to the role of preceptor to student nurses while on clinical placement. If you have any further questions in relation to preceptorship, please contact the CPC or the Link Lecturer in your ward/unit /area.
UCC Preceptorship Coordinator is Caroline O'Connor (email: C.OConnor@ucc.ie)
Online preceptorship programme
HSELand have launched a National Online Preceptorship programme -"Preceptorship in Practice" for all registered nurses and midwives to undertake prior to undertaking the role of preceptor for undergraduate nursing and midwifery students. This programme is also for preceptors who require to refresh their knowledge and skills of their preceptorship role.
The programme has been awarded Category 1 approval (CEU 1 point) by NMBI until Jan 2024. Once you have taken this programme, please attend one of the workshops in the Centers of Nurse Education(CNE’s) to meet and engage with other preceptors and discuss experiences of being a preceptor as well as trouble shoot some common issues that arise from time to time.
Please ensure that you when you register for workshops in the CNE that you forward your HSELand certificate as evidence you have completed the theory programme.
Line manager discretion will apply when putting forward participants for the workshop.
The following are criteria to undertake the preceptorship programme:
A nurse/midwife :
must be registered 6 months with NMBI
if it has been 3 years since they have completed a Nursing Degree or an equivalent programme that includes a module/unit of teaching, learning and assessment
if they have been a preceptor and require to refresh their knowledge and skills of preceptorship
if they are new to the preceptor role
self-assesses the need to take the programme.
A recommendation from NMBI is to undertake regular updates (refresher of online programme / workshops) every 2 -3 years.
The current UCC Online preceptorship programme will be a resource from March 1st 2022 as certificates of completion will not be issued after this date.
Link to UCC Online Programme:
Disability Support Services UCC - information
Nursing and Midwifery programmes are identified under the UCC Department of Academic Affairs and Governance as subject to Fitness and Practice.
Each year of the programme students will be asked to make a declaration (self-disclosure form) as to any concerns you may have as to you own Fitness to Practise that arises from a health and/or a criminal matter. FTP criminal matters are addressed through student Garda Vetting.
If you have indicated a health concern, your self-declaration at registration will trigger an email which will take you though the next step and you will be asked to complete an online self-disclosure form. This email will be a system generated email from ITS.iEnabler.System@mail3.ucc.ie (a no reply address). If you have made a self-declaration at registration and have not received the email or wish to make a declaration at any time during your studies, please contact your UCC School who will be able to assist you with your query.
Many people with health conditions or disabilities or specific learning difficulties are able to practise with or without adjustments to support their practise and are legally supported in this by the Equal Status Act 2000 – 2015. By declaring a Fitness to Practise health concern, we can ensure that, where possible, the University will make reasonable accommodation to support you during your studies.
The Disability Support Service can also advise on what reasonable accommodations may be provided when a student begins a programme subject to UCC’s Fitness to Practise policy.
You may also wish to check out the UCC Student Supports Available.
Guidance and Support for students with dyslexia
Dyslexia is a condition that affects students in a variety of ways and to varying degrees. As a student in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, if you have such a condition, you are encouraged to register with the Disability Support Office. In addition, we would encourage you to disclose your particular needs to both your academic and clinical mentors/preceptors and to discuss any reasonable accommodations that can be made to facilitate your learning.
Please see documents below, for information. There are also useful links and publications on the DSS website whichwill provide some practical tips on supporting the learner in the clinical practice setting.
The following presentation outlines the Disability Support Services (DSS) that students who are registered with DSS can avail of in college and on clinical placements. It is centered on the principle of reasonable accommodations that can be put in place to support students.
The School of Nursing and Midwifery, Student Disability Support Office is Caroline O Connor firstname.lastname@example.org who also links very closely with Clinical Placements.
Preceptor Documents & Links
- Preceptor Handbook 2021 CUH (482kB)
- Preceptor Frequently Asked Questions Aug2021 (396kB)
- Buddy Support System (287kB)
- Internal Operating Procedure for Student Matters that may Impact on Placement
- Summary of Steps Documenting Clinical Placement for Student Nurses
- Supportive Mechanisms for an Underperforming Student on Clinical Placement
Clinical Booklets (Competency)
Year 1 Competence Assessment recording documents
Year 2 Competencey Assessment Documents
Year 3 Competencey Assessment Documents
Year 4 Competencey Assessment Documents