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Joining Forces Event

USU's Graduate School of Nursing is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013. It was established in 1993 with the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Since then, it has grown in size and scope. Now, the GSN has four Master of Science in Nursing programs, three Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and a Doctor of Philosophy program.

“We’ve always been an incredible resource for military health care. Our focus has centered around warriors’ and their families’ health and well-being for decades now, and we’ve been hugely successful in these efforts,” said Ada Sue Hinshaw, PhD, dean of the GSN. “As a tribute to our vast array of accomplishments, we’ll celebrate both our heritage and triumphs with 20th anniversary commemorations that will include special guest speakers, research highlights and alumni achievements.”

Preceptors play a very important role in USU's Graduate School of Nursing. They take the lessons students learn on campus and move them into clinical settings. This exposure gives nurse corps officers the confidence and experience they need to move healthcare boundaries after graduation.

A strong, synergistic relationship among preceptors and USU's faculty and students is essential. Each of these members have important responsibilities in the learning process as follows:


  • Coordinate student learning experiences (schedule time and space)
  • Provide or co-ordinate orientation to:
    • Physical facility
    • Expectations (commiserate with didactic preparation)
    • Unit specific policies and procedures
    • Documentation
  • Communicate:
    • With students (constructive feedback is critical for growing skills)
    • With faculty (alert early with any student performance concerns)
  • Lead by example
  • Provide final, formal evaluation of student
  • First time preceptors: Provide USU GSN faculty with an updated CV/Resume prior to the beginning of the semester when expecting students
  • Multiple semester preceptors: Consider obtaining and adjunct faculty appointment with the USU GSN by completing the Application form


  • Complete administrative arrangements and requirements for site placement prior to start of clinical including initiation/completion of MOU and obtaining CV if first semester preceptor
  • Respond to preceptor communication promptly
  • Respond to student communication promptly
  • Make routine sites visits and as needed by student and preceptor
  • Provide prompt feedback to student and preceptor
  • Assign the student's final grade
  • Readily available to both preceptors and students during clinical learning experiences
  • Has overall responsibility for monitoring and evaluation the learning experience


  • Behave as a professional and adult learner
  • Arrange mutually agreeable clinical schedule with preceptor
  • Discuss any significant changes in clinical schedule with preceptor and faculty
  • Attend clinical for number of days specified for that semester
  • Adhere to any site-specific rules and regulations
  • Provide care according to standards and scope of practice
  • Provide care at level commiserate with didactic expectation
  • Promptly communicate any concerns regarding clinical experience or performance with preceptor and/or faculty
  • Seek out experiences to complete clinical learning guide/clinical log
  • Complete and return evaluation forms and clinical learning guide/clinical logs promptly

Preceptors can view academic benchmarks by visiting USU's Graduate School of Nursing curriculum website, where they can access the syllabus for MSN and DNP programs as well. Preceptors can also find great tips for precepting on busy days by visiting the References and Resources pages of this website.