Faculty from the School of Nursing will provide the preceptor with a copy of the syllabus of the course and the evaluation forms at the beginning of the semester. Faculty will be available to answer questions the preceptor may have and to offer support and advice if requested.
During the first two or three semester of our BS-DNP program, faculty may visit at the midpoint of the semester to spend time with the student. During this visit, faculty will follow the student to see him/her interact with the patients and report back to the preceptor. Faculty will not have any involvement in the care of the patient; they are only there to observe. This must be done to meet the requirements of the agencies that evaluate our program. The visit allows the preceptor and faculty member to informally discuss the student and helps the faculty member to see the various practice settings in the state. In some situations, we may communicate with you and decide if a clinical faculty visit is necessary. We are open to suggestions and finding the best way to work with you as a preceptor and the students.
Malpractice insurance is provided to each student in the program by Radford University and this meets the requirement as set forth by the Commonwealth of Virginia. If requested, you may receive information about the coverage.
Unfortunately, at this time the School of Nursing is unable to provide compensation for all the efforts of the preceptor in helping us to educate our students. This is an area of discussion at the present time. We can, and do, express our appreciation to all the wonderful preceptors who have assisted us in providing a quality education for our students and hope that their sense of fulfillment will be its own reward – for now. We are beginning a program to recognize the preceptors who work with our students as affiliate faculty. This is a new program and if you are interested, please let us know. Words cannot express how much we appreciate what you do.