Clinical Agency Information and Preceptor Profile forms to be completed and submitted by Leadership Students. Preceptors will also need to submit curriculum vitae or resume.
Leadership Program Practice Hours Description
Practice experiences in the Leadership major (which includes the Nursing Education, Organizational Leadership, Public Health Nursing, and Health Informatics specialty areas) are designed to assimilate learning associated with coursework objectives, thereby facilitating program objectives. Practice hours may be acquired through a variety of activities such as: practice contact hours, immersion into real-world experiences through interviewing and other explorative means, completing or creating specified policies or processes, demonstrating competencies in experiential learning activities, or any combination of these components. All activities require supervised academic experience.
Preceptors for Leadership
Leadership preceptors are nurse leaders and other healthcare leaders who contribute to the leadership development of students. The preceptor plays a critical role in the educational process and development of leaders by monitoring and guiding the student's learning experience, while acting as a role model. The preceptor promotes advanced leadership role socialization, facilitates student autonomy, and promotes self-confidence that leads to leadership competence.
Nurse Leaders and Healthcare Leaders Become Preceptors
Leaders strive to continuously improve their own skills and knowledge, so they can provide high quality care. For many nurse leaders and clinicians, it is natural to extend their energy and enthusiasm to the preparation of the next generation of leaders, educators and public health nurses. Precepting provides an opportunity to teach, share leadership expertise, increase one's own knowledge base, serve as a role model, and influence changes in leadership, education, practice, and patient outcomes.
Benefits/Rewards of Precepting
Donley et al. (2014) report the preceptor's top perceived benefits and rewards:
- Contribute to my profession
- Teach graduate nursing students
- Share my knowledge with graduate nursing students
- Keep current and remain stimulated in my profession
- Gain personal satisfaction from the role
- Socialize the graduate nursing students into their new role
- Learn from graduate nursing students
- Improve my teaching skills
- Increase my own professional knowledge base
- Be recognized as a role model
- Influence change in my practice setting
- Increase my involvement within my workplace
- Improve my organizational skills and
- Improve my chances for promotion/advancement within my workplace
Leadership Practicum and Residency
Students in the Leadership programs at the University of Kansas School of Nursing must complete practicum experiences relevant to their area of specialization. Practice sites are generally located in the Kansas City metropolitan area, but may extend across the state of Kansas and other states where students are located. A variety of settings are utilized, including: hospitals (academic health centers, rural, frontier and urban), community health organizations; non-profit organizations; colleges and universities; provider offices; primary and secondary schools; home health services; long-term care facilities; urgent care centers; federally-qualified health centers, a variety of governmental and business industry settings, and other appropriate settings.
Description of Programs
Students in the Leadership programs have completed most didactic coursework before beginning their leadership practicum and residency experiences. Students enter their leadership practicum or residency experiences ready to apply their knowledge in any type of patient, staff, student, organizational, or community setting.