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Welcome! We are very pleased that you have agreed to precept one or more of our students. -Dr. Eunyoung Lee,PhD, FNP, ACNP, FAHA
The faculty at the Radford University School of Nursing is so pleased that you have expressed an interest in becoming a preceptor to a Family Nurse Practitioner student at Radford University. Our faculty believes that we conduct a quality educational program at our school and value your interest in becoming a partner in our efforts to continue to maintain excellence in advanced nursing practice.
Our Doctorate of Nursing Practice program is accredited and we have graduates both from the BS to DNP and the post Master to DNP programs. This degree program can be entered at two levels: after completion of either the BSN or the MSN. It may be completed on a full or part-time basis. Students in the BSN-DNP will complete over 500 hours of clinical in the areas of pediatrics, women’s health, and acute and chronic conditions. After this, they will complete an additional 540 hours of clinical capstone and residency courses in primary care and an area of interest. Students who have already completed their MSN degrees and are practicing as nurse practitioners will only need to complete the last part of the program described above in which they will develop goals and objectives.
The role of preceptor is very important to our program. We appreciate you sharing your expertise and contributing to the educational and professional development of our nurse practitioner student. We hope that the information we provide will assist you as you make your decision.
If you have questions or wish further discussion, please contact:
Dr. Eunyoung Lee, PhD, FNP, ACNP, FAHA
Doctorate in Nursing Practice Clinical Preceptorship Program
BSN to DNP Program
Most clinical courses require 90 hours of practice, with the residency courses having 180 hours. Most clinical can be completed in two to three full days per week in a 15 week semester. A preceptor will need to commit to spending this amount of time with the student or make arrangements for alternative coverage when he or she is not available.
Supervision of the student will require varying degrees of involvement of the preceptor as the student progresses through the clinical course and also through the program. All students are different and vary in their abilities. Preceptors will need to assess their student’s abilities and proficiencies and adjust expectations accordingly. Preceptors should expect the student to grow in ability, independence and comfort each week and be able to promote this development by allowing the student to increase his/her involvement in the management plan.
The student should be encouraged to independently perform the assessment of the patient, describe differential diagnoses and offer an initial plan of care. He/she should be given the opportunity to offer a succinct report of his/her findings and plan. If possible, the student should be given the opportunity to write prescriptions if they are not computerized. If computerized, the student will put the information in Typhon under medications prescribed as if writing a prescription. The preceptor will sign all prescriptions. Documentation should be done by the student. Because this varies between practices, if the student cannot document on the record, he or she should write a note for the preceptor to review for accuracy and completeness. Some notes may be detailed and some just summaries. The faculty is responsible for final evaluation of the student’s notes.
At midterm and at the end of the clinical experience, the preceptor will evaluate the student’s progress with a form developed by the School of Nursing. This will be discussed with the student to help improve areas of concern and then sent to the course faculty. Any student who fails to meet a minimal level of competence should receive both written and verbal feedback regarding their performance with suggestions for improvement. The faculty of the clinical course should be notified as soon as possible.
DNP-FNP students are expected to conform to professional standards. They are guest in the clinical site and are professionals. Please immediately report to the FNP coordinator if there are any incidents in which the student does not perform as a professional.
There is a dress code for students and they are expected to follow this code. The student is expected to adhere to rules of confidentiality and will not discuss any patient or practice in an improper manner. The student is expected to be responsible and arrive on time, remain as expected and call in when there are any changes to the schedule. They should be able to arrange the schedule for the semester when they start the clinical.
The student is encouraged to review informational sources while in the clinical setting to reinforce learning. This may be in the form of texts or apps on a phone or IPAD. He/she will be expected to assess their skills and inform their preceptor of areas where more exposure and practice is required. He/she is to take an active role in their learning.
The student is expected to perform a complete assessment, identify appropriate differential diagnoses, determine the correct diagnoses, suggest a beginning plan of care (including laboratory and diagnostic testing, nursing and pharmacological interventions), and report this to the preceptor. The preceptor and student will discuss the management plan and suggest a follow-up plan for their patients. He/she is expected to provide culturally competent care with consideration of specific individual and family needs. Of course, these skills will develop over the semester and the program as will preceptor expectations of the student.
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.
We are requesting a method of contacting preceptors. Please let us know whether you prefer email or phone. We want to communicate with our preceptors about the progression of the student. We plan on visiting all students during the first 6 clinical courses of our BS-DNP program. Faculty may visit at the midpoint of the semester to spend time with the student. Our visits are made at the discretion of the faculty or request of the preceptor or student. Some students find this visit very helpful. 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. Reasons for this visit is to meet the requirements of the agencies that evaluate our program, concerns of the student and/or preceptor and desire to assess the student’s progress. We depend upon the preceptor’s evaluation and desire to work in coordination with the preceptor. 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. Please know that we are available to discuss any questions at any time.
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 clinical 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.