Guidelines For Selecting a Preceptor
Please review the qualifications preceptors must meet in order to be approved for the clinical experience. It is important that you find a clinical site and preceptor that will allow you to meet the learning objectives of the course and your personal learning objectives.
- Must hold a current advanced practice license to practice in the state where the practicum site is located.
- APRN preceptors should hold a graduate degree in Nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program, hold national certification, and have at least one year experience.
- Physician preceptors must hold a medical or osteopathic degree from an accredited program and should be board certified in a primary area of practice.
- The student's immediate supervisor at his/her place of employment may not serve as the student's preceptor. It is highly recommended that the practicum experience not be in a setting where the student has previously or is currently functioning in the RN role.
- Students are expected to spend at least one semester during the course of their program with an advanced practice nurse as a preceptor.
Considerations in Selecting a Preceptor and Site
What is the practice environment like?
- Consider the geographic location and case mix (including age, proportion of acute episodic illnesses to chronic diseases, mental health, health screening, and ambulatory or inpatient services).
- Consider what the practice site setting is: public health, long-term care, acute care hospital practice, outpatient clinic, etc.
- Consider the proportion of time allocated to these settings. Will these settings allow you to meet the course objectives? Consider how a student would be perceived in the practice by other clinicians, personnel, patients, families, and the community in general?
- Consider experiences the student might expect to have in the setting that would prepare her/him for practice in the current health care arena (e.g., practice management, billing and third-party reimbursement, risk management, quality improvement, personnel management, etc).
What are the characteristics of the preceptor candidate?
- Consider past/present experience with advanced practice nurses and the preceptor-candidate's understanding of the advanced practice nurse's scope of practice in the state where the practice is located.
- Consider the preceptor-candidate's experience with teaching or functioning as a preceptor for students.
- Consider if the student will be involved in selection of patients/clients according to her/his needs.
- Consider how much time the preceptor-candidate would have available for a student on a daily and weekly basis.
- Consider the availability of the preceptor for a site visit with the student by the KU faculty.
- Consider the preceptor-candidate's willingness to review a student's cases and provide verbal feedback, as well as document evaluations of the student's progress at the completion of the clinical practicum.
- Consider the accessibility of records, labs, radiology reports etc to the student.
- Consider if there would be opportunities to provide follow-up care for patients.
It is important to find a clinical site and preceptor that will allow you to meet the learning objectives of the course, as well as your own personal learning objectives.
Jul 11, 2013