A key piece of the Frontier Nursing University (FNU) graduate online nursing specialty programs is securing a preceptor and clinical site. Clinical Site Facilitator Jamie Wheeler, MA, spends her days connecting students with the preceptors and clinicals that best suit their unique needs.
Because the preceptor and clinical search can be very challenging and stressful for students, Jamie’s role allows her to focus on one student at a time. She provides them with tools and resources to navigate through the clinical search and credentialing processes.
Jamie is also passionate about leading webinars and educating her students. Each term, she presents a webinar called “Clinical Search 101: Tips for Locating Sites and Preceptors” that helps students prepare for their time in clinicals.
“I enjoy giving each student my full attention and helping to walk them through the process of securing sites and preceptors,” she said. “I love building rapport with our students and making this challenging time a little less stressful for them.”
Jamie has been in her position with FNU for six years, coming from a Student Affairs background at the University of Kentucky.
She chose Frontier because of its mission and dedication to serving rural and underserved populations. As a rural, northern Wisconsin native, Jamie felt at home at FNU and has found community amongst the staff and students.
“I truly have terrific colleagues and friendships here,” she said. “I am part of an amazing team!”
Jamie was also thankful for the FNU community as she became a mother. Though midwifery care was not initially on her radar, Jamie decided to seek a nurse-midwife for her pregnancies. In the two-minute video below, she talks about her decision and the impact it had on her birthing experience.
“Frontier was a wonderful place to be through two healthy pregnancies. It was awesome to have CNMs that answered my questions and supported me,” she said.
While she’s not in the office, Jamie loves cooking, baking, reading, being outside and spending time with her husband and two young daughters.
Thank you for the dedicated work that you do for our students, Jamie!