Each of the graduate programs at Frontier Nursing University (FNU) is offered through distance education where students complete coursework online and clinical hours in their own communities across the country. The convenience that distance education brings to nurse-midwifery and nurse practitioner students is one of FNU’s primary advantages, but it can also present unique challenges in locating quality clinical sites and preceptors to meet each student’s needs. Preceptors (nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers) play a crucial role in mentoring students and helping them gain the clinical experience they need for long-term success.
In direct response to the need to provide additional student support services during this important part of graduate nursing and midwifery education, FNU is proud to announce the creation of the new Clinical Outreach and Placement Unit.
The FNU Clinical Outreach and Placement Unit’s mission is to support FNU students by providing assistance and resources in locating clinical sites and preceptors, troubleshooting challenging situations and working one-on-one with students to navigate the overall clinical search process.
The unit is led by Director of Clinical Outreach and Placement Stephanie Boyd and supported by Clinical Advisors Carisa Lipp and Jamie Wheeler as well as Clinical Services Coordinator Brittany Bachman.
The Clinical Advisors will work with students one-on-one and in small groups while the Clinical Services Coordinator will provide customer service and support to FNU preceptors. These staff members are seasoned FNU employees and have a great knowledge base of the FNU community and its systems.
Student Jennifer Perez, RNC-OB, CFNP Class 163, has already benefited from working with her clinical advisor. She said, “My advisor has been an incredible resource and support to me and I appreciate how genuine, present, engaged and committed she is.”
The unit will focus on identifying appropriate clinical sites and preceptors for each student’s unique situation, facilitating student-preceptor relationships, and collaborating with Regional Clinical Faculty (RCFs) to better support each student. Managing case day activities will also be a function of the unit.
Students have responded with gratitude for the new resource now available to them. Loy E. Watson, ADN, RN, CFNP Class 144, said, “I am so glad that Frontier listens to the voice of the student body and cares enough to act. What a wonderful thing that Frontier is, yet again, filling a gap. The ongoing desire to meet the needs of students is truly what sets Frontier apart from other schools.”
FNU is committed to providing the necessary resources to help each student succeed, and the creation of the Clinical Outreach and Placement Unit supports this commitment.
To learn more about becoming a preceptor, visit Frontier.edu/preceptor.