Frontier Nursing University (FNU) is a community of students, educators, graduates and staff working together to expand access to quality, compassionate care in rural and underserved populations. To continue placing attentive, responsible advanced practice nurses into the field, we need partners who believe in our mission. With more than 2,400 nurse-midwife and nurse practitioner students from all 50 states, we are always in need of kind, intelligent, professional preceptors to lead our passionate students through their clinical experience. Will you be the one to answer the call?
By volunteering time and services as a preceptor, qualified nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners can touch innumerable lives and make a vital difference in the future of nursing and midwifery. Preceptors serve as the graduate nursing student’s teacher, supervisor and evaluator during their clinical practicum, giving them incredible influence over what kind of nurse the student will become.
In recent months the world has seen an increased need and appreciation for those in the nursing profession. More than ever, it is imperative that our country has educated, quality healthcare workers. When a certified nurse-midwife or nurse practitioner steps up to become a preceptor, they choose to meet the needs of communities across the country by bringing energetic new nurses to the field during these unprecedented times.
“My preceptor is very valuable to me,” said Stephanie Allotey, MSN, CNM, DNP, Class 31. “You can feel and know that they want you here and want you to become the best nurse-midwife.”
Nephthalie Hypolite, CNM, was inspired to become a preceptor because of her experience being “challenged and pushed” to become the midwife she is today.
“I would encourage anyone who is considering being a preceptor to go for it. You have nothing to lose, and you have everything to gain,” said Hypolite. “The friendships that you build with the new generation of midwives, the fact that you learn along with your students, and that you’re giving back to the midwifery community is just invaluable.”
She had many more great things to say in her video for our “Becoming a Preceptor” series.
Our faculty and staff are aware that choosing to become a preceptor is a big decision, and we are eager to support our preceptors throughout that journey. FNU’s clinical services coordinator will work with preceptors to help them utilize the online preceptor profile portal, provide information regarding FNU’s Master and Expert Preceptor programs, and answer questions regarding preceptor honorariums. In addition, Regional Clinical Faculty (RCF) are available to support the preceptor by providing guidance in student clinical issues.
In addition to providing faculty support to our preceptors, FNU also makes sure to reward those willing to help create dedicated nurses through various benefit programs. All preceptors at FNU gain access to free Continuing Education Units (CEUs) on essential topics like pharmacology and online training courses like, “The Gift of Precepting” and “The Master Preceptor,” which our faculty designed to help our preceptors have the best experience possible. Additionally, preceptors will earn a 10 percent discount on all non-matriculating courses at FNU, obtain documentation of their precepting hours for recertification purposes, and receive an honorarium based on the percentage of time spent precepting students.
According to Audra Cave, DNP, FNP-BC, preceptor in Spindale, NC, precepting presents an excellent opportunity to give back to the community of family nurse practitioners (FNPs).
“I want to help the next generation of FNP providers as I had help along the way too,” said Cave. “I also learn from students. Precepting keeps me on my toes.”
FNU is a school founded on making a difference in our world through honest, compassionate nursing and midwifery care. We believe we further that mission when we onboard excellent preceptors to help us bring confident, new nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners into the field. Our preceptor program is centered around providing a productive and beneficial program for both student and preceptor, and our testimonials show just how impactful this program can be.
If supporting a future generation of nurse-midwives as a preceptor sounds like an excellent fit for you, please fill out our preceptor inquiry form. An FNU representative will follow up with you on the next steps for taking on this inspiring role. You can also learn more about precepting in our “Becoming a Preceptor” video series on YouTube.
For additional information, email our Department of Clinical Outreach and Placement at ClinicalAdvising@frontier.edu.