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Lance Briggs, PMHNP, is a dedicated preceptor who has been instrumental in helping students at Frontier Nursing University socialize their knowledge and gain confidence in their practice. As an FNU preceptor, Lance has been committed to easing students into the world of mental health and psychiatric nursing in a safe and supportive environment. Because of these attributes and more, FNU student Terra Edwards nominated Briggs to be FNU’s Winter 2023 Preceptor of the Term.
Briggs understands the challenges that come with starting out in the mental health field. He said as someone who experienced imposter syndrome early in his career, he is passionate about helping incoming psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs) shorten the gap between learning and feeling confident in their abilities. By providing students with the necessary support and guidance, Briggs helps them gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their profession.
“When I first started, it took a couple years to feel that I knew what I was doing, and if I can shorten that gap for incoming PMHNPs then that is very gratifying to me,” Briggs said.
One aspect of Briggs’ approach to precepting that has set him apart is his approachable and light-hearted attitude. He said he likes to joke around with students, answer their questions, and be challenged by them. He understands that students have unique insights and perspectives that can help him refine his practice, and he values their input. By creating a relaxed and enjoyable learning environment, Briggs encourages students to engage more fully with the material and to be more confident in their ability to apply it in practice.
“Lance allows students to learn in the way that best fits their individual needs,” Edwards said.
Briggs said that through precepting, he enjoys contributing his knowledge to the general body of emerging PMHNPs. He recognizes that by working with students, he is helping to advance the practice of psychiatric nursing and mental health care more broadly. His dedication to his students and his profession has been evident throughout his time as an FNU preceptor, and he said that plans to continue in his precepting for the foreseeable future.
“Students are a blast to have. They can be a helpful resource at times, and you get to contribute your knowledge to the general body of emerging PMHNPs, which I feel advances the practice further.”
– Lance Briggs, PMHNP
“Students are a blast to have,” he said. “They can be a helpful resource at times, and you get to contribute your knowledge to the general body of emerging PMHNPs, which I feel advances the practice further.”
Thank you, Lance, for work as a preceptor and for sharing your knowledge and expertise with the next generation of PMHNPs.
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