Studying to become a nurse is a big commitment. Every nursing student needs to learn a wide variety of clinical skills to be competent at their jobs.
But nursing school graduates need to be guided warmly and firmly into the realities of the job, and how to manage it to the best of their abilities. This is the job of a nursing preceptor.
Nurse preceptors help young professionals to learn how to perform their duties effectively and warmly, without losing focus of why they are doing their job.
Nursing is a field where it is very easy for people to become overwhelmed and burn out. Nurse preceptors ensure that their preceptees learn how to balance caring for patients and caring for themselves. Naturally, all nursing students are indebted to their preceptors.
Why Write A Thank You Letter To A Nurse Preceptor
Nurse preceptors are mentors and support systems for young nursing professionals. They introduce new nurses to hospital protocols and coach their students through the science and art of nursing.
Without the support of nursing preceptors, the culture shock of the profession would force more nursing students to quit the profession entirely.
The preceptees learn how to use their newly obtained skills at the workplace with real time examples. The nursing preceptors use themselves as examples, so that the nursing students can learn from their experience.
It is only natural that students feel grateful to their preceptors, who offer them support, guidance and important information at such a crucial juncture in their lives. A simple, heartfelt way to thank a nurse preceptor is through a thank you letter.
Thank you letters let the student express their gratitude personally, and goes a long way in making nursing preceptors feel values and important.
Tips for Writing A Thank You Letter to A Nurse Preceptor
Writing a nice thank you letter to a nurse preceptor doesn’t have to be complicated. It might feel a bit scary to look at a blank page, but thank you notes are fairly simple to write once you know the basics.
When you write a thank you letter warmly and sincerely, you’re able to express your gratitude to your nurse preceptor in more detail. A letter is also a tangible gift of thanks that they can appreciate.
If you want tips on how to write a good thank you letter to your nurse preceptor, then keep reading!
Be Warm, But Stay Professional
When writing any thank you note, it is important to remember who you’re writing to.
Your nurse preceptor is your colleague and may even be your friend. However, when you’re writing to thank them for their work as your preceptor, they are your mentor, teacher and guide.
Begin the letter with a greeting that is warm, but formal like “Dear [Name]” or even “Dear [Title] depending on their seniority.
Make sure you keep to this tone throughout the letter.
Express Your Thanks Sincerely
State your thanks clearly and simply within the first few lines of the letter. Use the words ‘thank you’. It can be very easy to express gratitude and forget to say the words themselves.
Write out your thanks first, and then you can describe all the things you are thankful about.
Include Examples of Their Support
A really easy way to personalize a thank you letter to nurse preceptors is to write about the specific ways they offered support to you.
Describe an instance when you were struggling and how you felt. Then you can elaborate on what the nurse preceptor did for you, and how that made you feel better.
You don’t need to write out a very long story! Both you and your nurse preceptor know what happened. But offering your point of view of how a specific action by your preceptor was helpful and supportive is valuable. It allows them to see themselves from your eyes.
Explain How They Made You A Better
This is a great way to highlight the qualities of your nurse preceptor. List out the abilities that you noticed and hope to emulate. You can also write about specific instances where their actions offered you an example of how a nurse should act, or what a nurse should do.
You can also write out all the qualities you gained under their mentorship that you wouldn’t have been able to learn in school. This could be things like how to deal with different types of patients that you encountered, or how to resolve problems in real time.
This lets you express your gratitude and show them how much you have learned, reassuring them that they did their job.
Your Final Thoughts And Hopes For The Future
Wrap up the letter with any thoughts about what you will do now, how you will use everything you’ve learnt, or what kind of nurse you hope to be. This is also a good time to add any specific note about how inspiring or generous your nurse preceptor was to you. End with a wish for your nurse preceptor or for the both of you to work together, and you’re all done!
Examples Of Thank You Letter To Nurse Preceptor
Today, I feel prepared to enter the workforce as a nurse, that is entirely because of you.
Thank you so much for all the work you put into me, I am eternally grateful to you for turning me from a student to a professional.
When the hours were long, the work hard and confusing, you were the one who offered me motivation. Thank you for your kindness then, even though you had an equally long shift which involved far more work. Your support helped me push through and do my job, and I will carry that with me through my career.
Your skills as a nurse are unquestionable, but from you I also learned what values I should embody in my work. I have learned how to prioritize patients, how to offer care and healing in equal measures, and how to help patients in through their hardest days.
You went out of your way to ensure that I had all the information, materials, and physical support I needed to do my best. All your work for me has been above and beyond the call of duty. I am humbled by your efforts and can only hope that someday I will as good a nurse as you are.
[Your Name, Your School Name]
I have learned a great deal about the actual work of nursing since I arrived at [Hospital Name].
Thank you so much for keeping an eye out for all the learning opportunities that would be useful to me. It is because of your diligence that I was able to work, and watch work done in a wide range of situations. This has enriched my experience as a preceptee greatly, and I am so grateful to you for it.
On my first day I was utterly lost and confused till I met you. I believed that there was more to know than I could possibly remember, and more to do than I could ever manage. I didn’t think I could succeed as a nurse until you arrived. You broke down the hospital protocols for me verbally, and took care to name each protocol when you were acting on them.
Every procedure you did, you made sure to explain in great detail for my benefit. Because of you, I feel a renewed sense of confidence in my knowledge of the basics of nursing.
Thank you for showing me the difference between everyday crises and real emergencies and teaching me how to prioritize.
Being your preceptee has been my greatest honor, and I am a completely different nurse than the one who first walked into this hospital. I assure you that I will uphold my promise to keep up with the latest discoveries in nursing so that I can ensure the best care for my patients.
Thank you for everything you have done for me. I hope that one day, I’ll have the honor of working with you again.
[Your Name, Your School Name]
I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you, for everything you have taught me. I learned so much under your tutelage, and I honestly believe that I learned the realities of nursing under you.
Thank you for taking the time to sit with me and help me set down my goals, both short term and long term. It was incredibly satisfying to see that I was able to meet all my short-term goals as a preceptee under you. I am also certain that now I am well-equipped to meet my long-term goals as a nurse thanks to everything I learned while working with you.
I now know the best way to handle young patients, how to push through the longest shifts, how to pick myself up despite the grief of losing a patient. Above all, I have learned how to hold on the humanity in myself and in the patients under my care, even on the hardest days.
You are a fount of medical knowledge, and your skills are unparalleled. But you are also kind without fail, even when you’re being stern with a patient who is working against their own healing.
You are an exemplary nurse, and I am so grateful that you made the time to be my nurse preceptor. You held my hand through my first encounters with the rigors of the medical profession. I will never forget everything you have taught me. Thank you, and I wish you all the very best!
[Your Name, Your School]
Thank you so much for taking me on as your preceptee.
Having you as a nurse preceptor has been an incredible experience. You’ve been guide and protector, leader and mentor, and the best teacher I could have asked for.
I felt like I had been thrown in the deep end at the start of this semester, knowing that I had to be working in the field. If it wasn’t for your dedicated efforts, I would have drowned.
Thank you for making sure I have plenty of opportunities to observe, interact, and work with different kinds of patients. I am also grateful for all your efforts in making sure I was able to deal with the administrative side of the work as well. I know that I made things difficult for you with my mistakes on the paperwork. I’m so grateful that you took the time to show me where I went wrong, and how to correct it.
You showed me how to work from a place of compassion, and I will carry this lesson with me for the rest of my life.
I hope that I will be able to help other students like you’ve helped me.
I believed that I became a nurse when I graduated college, but I was wrong. I have become a nurse working with you.
Thank you for teaching me how to see the patient, beyond the malaise affecting them. I am grateful that I could learn how to consider a patient’s circumstances, economic and otherwise while administering care. Under you, I have learnt to balance compassion with practicalities so that I can do my work effectively even when my heart is breaking.
With you I have learned how to work as part of a medical team and was able to build relationships with other members of the staff.
You created a safe space for me to make mistakes, so that I could learn from them, but not be crushed by them. Thank you for the patience with which you addressed all the things I did wrong, and the gentleness of your correction.
I am also grateful for all the opportunities you gave me to apply the skills I had learned in school and with you. This experience has been invaluable and truly prepared me for the work ahead.
I wish you all the very best, and hope that someday I will be a good mentor and a good nurse, just like you.
Warmly, [Your Name]