Expect the student to provide:
- Student resume/CV
- Goals for the semester – it is appropriate for the student to modify his or her goals if advised to do so by the preceptor
- A copy of the syllabus for the clinical course they are taking
Your role in providing clinical supervision to the student could include the following:
- Define goals/expectations of the clinical rotation
- Observe as the student performs at least one or more complete and/or focused exams on each clinical day and the health education being disseminated to the patient/family
- Validate the assessment findings and their recommended management plans
- Ensure the pharmacological recommendations are appropriate considering drug interaction effects, dosage, polypharmacy, and ethnicity/gender/age.
- Assist the student to develop expertise in establishing an appropriate differential diagnosis and in selecting the most appropriate diagnostic tests
- Validate the student’s interpretation of diagnostic tests
- Communicate with the student and student’s clinical evaluator about successes and concerns
- Complete and submit student evaluation at the completion of the rotation
- Notify WSU of any concerns or problems by contacting the clinical evaluator or clinical track coordinator
- Improve your Preceptor Skills: Best Practices (0.75) CE
- This power point from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners details the benefits of being a preceptor, expectations, barriers, and strategies
- AANP toolkit: This powerpoint from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners details the benefits of being a preceptor, expectations, barriers, and strategies.
- Partnering in nurse practitioner education: Welcome to Precepting FAQ This document from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) answers many questions for first-time preceptors.
- Teaching in the Clinical Environment: This document from the Association for Medical Education in Europe is full of information on role definition, theory, and strategies.
- Currently practice as an ARNP, MD, DO or PA; additionally practicing interdisciplinary healthcare providers are also accepted
- Have a minimum of 1 year of experience in the clinical area you will be precepting
- Hold an unencumbered, active license for the state in which the student will be precepted
- Provide documentation of licensure and national board certification
At this time we are unable to pay preceptors for the valuable work they do. However, we think you may be interested in the following benefits:
- Opportunity to become adjunct faculty at Washington State University
- Signed verification of precepting hours. These can be applied toward board and/or licensure recertification requirements.
- Opportunity to apply to be a paid Clinical Evaluator (graduate preceptors only)
- Free CE opportunities
The College of Nursing offers these free CE courses to our preceptors in gratitude for your role in educating the next generation of nursing professionals.
Evaluation of a student’s progress is ongoing during clinical rotations. Students track their clinical hours and patient encounters in a software program called E*Value.