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Leadership Preceptor Orientation & Training

Dear Preceptor,

The University of Kansas School of Nursing Leadership faculty would like to thank you for agreeing to precept our student(s). We recognize this is a time commitment from you, and we are grateful that you are willing to share your expertise in preparing future nurse leaders.  

The following is a list of information to help orient you to the preceptor role:  

  • The Leadership Program offers the Master of Science in Nursing (MS) and the Doctor or Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees.
  • The course you are precepting the student for is a practicum or residency course in the Leadership Program. Specialties in the Leadership Program are: Health Informatics, Nursing Education, Organizational Leadership, and Public Health Nursing
  • Student enrolled in practicum or residency may be enrolled in 1 credit hour, 2 credit hours, or 3 credit hours. One credit hour equals 64 clock hours. The time on site with preceptor varies by course
  • Days and hours on site are to be determined by the student and preceptor
  • Preceptor are encouraged to discuss concerns with student and/or course faculty
  • Your role as a preceptor is to provide support and guidance to help interpret experiences, and gain a broader world-view within education, informatics, organizational leadership or public health
  • The student will provide you with the course syllabus, faculty contact information, and a list of learning outcomes for the course. It is the student's responsibility to ensure those learning outcomes are met
  • The student is required to complete student activities for each learning outcome. You may assist the student in deciding on specific activities as it relates to the outcome and your needs. Products may vary based on specialty area (course or module development, program development, project management, evaluate system performance, develop a learning tool, literature review, policy development or revision, quality improvement project, etc.)
  • It is expected that information acquired during the practicum is kept in confidence, according to your organizational standards
  • You are free to make arrangements with other key organizational leader's activities to assist the student in the attainment of learning outcomes. This is encouraged to help foster role development. However, the preceptor is the primary contact in the preceptor- student dyad and should spend sufficient time with the student to evaluate the student's progress and goal attainment (this includes face-to-face contact, phone conversations, email, etc.)
  • Professional attire is required for students while on site, at meetings and at conferences

Academic Standards and Student Evaluation Criteria Preceptors need to be aware of the academic and professional standards set forth by the student's institution, as well as the criteria and expected dates for the evaluation of the student's performance. Faculty members may include criteria for failure, or the minimum performance required for the student to pass a practicum course. Leadership students are registered nurses, and subject to the quality and safety criteria defined in their state nurse practice act.  

Formative evaluation
Formative evaluation is an assessment by the preceptor in the form of feedback to the student regarding their performance during the practicum. Ongoing feedback provides the student with the opportunity to enhance their performance during the course of the practicum or residency. Role performance areas in which the student has achieved competence should be discussed with the student, as well as those areas that have been identified as needing improvement.  

Summative evaluation
Summative evaluation describes the student's performance, development, and improvement at the conclusion of the practicum or residency. The summative evaluation will be completed by the course faculty in conjunction with the feedback from preceptor through an electronic evaluation form.   If you have questions or concerns, please contact the course faculty.   Thank you,   Leadership Faculty

Last modified: Mar 26, 2019