Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing

What is a preceptor?

A preceptor is an instructor or professional mentor who works with students as they begin their professional practice.

Who can be a preceptor?

A civilian or military health care provider can act as a preceptor for a nurse practitioner student. Qualified providers include nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives and physicians. It is preferable that the provider have at least one year of experience prior to precepting.

What is the best way to precept?

There are as many ways to successfully precept students, but there are generalities that apply to everyone. Successful preceptors listen well, have expectations that commiserate with student's expected levels of performance, critique instead of criticize and lead by professional example. A great resource is Burns et al's Mastering the Preceptor role: Challenges of Clinical Teaching. The article has great tips on techniques and how to precept on busy days.

What do I do if I have a concern about a student's performance?

Communicate early and often with the student and clinical faculty. Students should know what is expected of them and if they are not meeting standards of care and evidenced based practice. Faculty will work closely with you and the student to resolve concerns.

How do I benefit from being a preceptor?

Precepting can improve performance, and it also helps with re-certification.

How do I become a preceptor?

Contact your command and any of the GSN faculty at USU.