Introduction

Frontier Nursing University (FNU) provides training to clinical preceptors with this preceptor-training course, The Gift of Precepting. At FNU we are aware and appreciative of the importance of the clinical preceptor to the success of students. Ultimately this leads to high quality care for clients through the hands of advanced practice nurses. Today's practicing nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners have broad responsibilities and work under time and accountability pressures that are unprecedented. This course is offered as a guide and resource to support and assist the preceptor in day to day activities.

The course is divided into six modules. The first module is an overview of Frontier Nursing University’s theoretical basis for cirriculum design which is the Community of Inquiry (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 2000). The next four modules are designed to apply to any preceptor working in the healthcare setting and can be done as a whole or one module at a time. The final module is a review of process and documentation at Frontier Nursing University. The resource section of this course contains some of the documents included in the course as well as some links and extra examples to assist the preceptor. An appendix is included of documents specific to FNU and also includes the core competencies of both the American College of Nurse-midwives and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.

One of the requirements for the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is that all preceptors participate in preceptor training. This course has been approved by the ACNM as a CE for preceptor training for .2 CE/2 contact hours. This CE credit can also be applied toward FNP and WHNP continuing certification. If you are interested in receiving CE for this preceptor training, you must Register, complete the modules and complete the final evaluation.

Precepting is a gift. It is an opportunity to share the many things you have learned as a provider with future providers who will reach an even wider population in the world. During the experience of precepting, many practitioners find that they are afforded the opportunity to impact others as they continue to grow professionally.