In clinical teaching, supervision is meant to help the student become autonomous. Supervised autonomy is a form of supervision that allows the student to practice hands-on patient care and make clinical decisions through direct supervision and mentoring. Over time and as the student learns and becomes more capable, less direct supervision is needed. As a preceptor, you may begin by overseeing a hand-on patient experience and work toward being present, but not necessarily interfering. 

The way that you supervise must help students begin to transition from student to professional. 

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