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.

Preceptor Qualifications

  1. Must hold a current advanced practice license to practice in the state where the practicum site is located.
  2. 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. 
  3. Physician preceptors must hold a medical or osteopathic degree from an accredited program and should be board certified in a primary area of practice.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

  1. 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).
  2. Consider what the practice site setting is: public health, long-term care, acute care hospital practice, outpatient clinic, etc.
  3. 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? 
  4. 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?

  1. 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.
  2. Consider the preceptor-candidate's experience with teaching or functioning as a preceptor for students.
  3. Consider if the student will be involved in selection of patients/clients according to her/his needs.
  4. Consider how much time the preceptor-candidate would have available for a student on a daily and weekly basis.
  5. Consider the availability of the preceptor for a site visit with the student by the KU faculty.
  6. 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.
  7. Consider the accessibility of records, labs, radiology reports etc to the student.
  8. 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.

Last modified: Jul 11, 2013
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