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Kimberly Bertram CNEP Class 110 student with her preceptor, Laurie Hersey, CNM. Charleston Birth Place, SC

Kimberly Bertram CNEP Class 110 student with her preceptor, Laurie Hersey, CNM. Charleston Birth Place, SC

Thank you so much for your interest in becoming a preceptor for a Frontier student. FNU provides advanced educational preparation for nurses who seek to become nurse-midwives (CNM), family nurse practitioners (FNP), or women’s health care nurse practitioners (WHCNP) by providing a community-based distance graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), a post-master’s certificate or a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Your willingness to help promote our profession by being an integral part of the educational experience of student practitioners is so important.

At FNU, we value our clinical preceptors, so we ensure that every preceptor is offered educational resources to support you in your role as a clinical educator. Because we value your time and expertise, we offer an honorarium for precepting after the student finishes his/her clinical practicum.

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  • Why Become a Preceptor?
    • As a preceptor, you will serve as both a teacher and role model for our students. Students will work closely with you as they complete clinical hours. Frontier students are highly motivated and intensely eager to be “finally” gaining clinical experience. Besides helping to mold and guide the education of our future peers, here are our other benefits:
      • Free preceptor training course, “The Gift of Precepting,” worth .2 CEUs
      • Honorarium based on the percentage of time spent precepting students
      • Certificate of appreciation suitable for framing for additional CEUs for hours spent precepting students
      • 10% off non matriculating courses at FNU
      • Access the latest clinical guidelines in order to stay current in practice
      • Become part of the rich Frontier history and legacy

      We look forward to partnering with you and your healthcare organization. Frontier Nursing University has established clinical partnerships with over 5,000 major umbrella organizations, small sites, and rural facilities throughout the United States. We are always eager to add to our growing list of facilities and preceptors.
  • Qualifications for Preceptors
    • Frontier Nursing University recruits preceptors from the following three specialties:
      • Certified Nurse-Midwife
      • Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
      • Certified Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner
      We recruit preceptors with the following credentials:
      • National certification in specialty area
      • One year of relevant experience in advanced practice roll
      • Master’s Degree or higher in nursing related field (we do allow Post-Bac for Midwives, but an MSN is preferred)
      • MDs and DOs (for our FNP students only, and only up to 20% of their clinical time)
  • Clinical Details/Required Experiences
    • During the clinical experience a student is expected to master the clinical skills necessary to become a safe beginning level nurse-midwife or nurse practitioner. To achieve this goal, most students will be in clinical for 6-9 months. Clinicals build on the didactic portion of the program. Following are the required clinical experiences; they may be completed in any order and simultaneously. The FNU minimum clinical experience for MSN students is 675 clinical hours and sixteen (16) weeks of clinical. The FNU minimum clinical experience for post-master’s students is 540 clinical hours with a successful challenge of three (3) clinical credits and sixteen (16) weeks of clinical. These minimum clinical requirements apply to all specialty tracks. FNU students are encouraged to plan two to three terms in clinical. Students are allowed to work with multiple preceptors to achieve these hours. Nurse-Midwifery Required Clinical Experiences Maximum number of clinic/office hours per week: 32 dependent upon call schedule.
      Maximum number of clinical sites: 4 (typically this is 2 clinics and 2 hospitals)
      • 10 preconception care visits
      • 30 new antepartum visits
      • 140 return antepartum visits
      • 40 labor management experiences
      • 40 births (including 4 observations, at least 5 continuity clients, at least 5 without epidurals)
      • 40 newborn assessments
      • 20 breastfeeding support visits
      • 40 postpartum visits (2 hours to 14 days)
      • 30 postpartum visits (2 to 8 weeks)
      • 40 common health problems
      • 30 family planning visits
      • 35 non-postpartum gynecologic visits
      • 15 perimenopausal/postmenopausal visits
      Clinical Course Information:
      Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner Required Clinical Experiences
      Maximum number of clinic/office hours per day: 9
      Maximum number of clinic/office hours per week: 40
      Maximum number of clinical sites: 4
      • 30 new antepartum visits
      • 120 return antepartum visits
      • 25 postpartum visits (< 8 wks)
      • 300 gynecologic care visits
      • 25 post/perimenopausal visits
      • 100 primary care visits
      Clinical Course Information:

      Family Nurse Practitioner Required Clinical Experiences
      Maximum number of clinic/office hours per day: 9
      Maximum number of clinic/office hours per week: 40
      Maximum number of clinical sites: 4
      • 5 Newborn exams
      • 15 two weeks to 5 years well exams
      • 15 two weeks to 5 years episodic exams
      • 15 six to 12 years well exams
      • 15 six to 12 years episodic exams
      • 5 13 to 19 years well exams
      • 5 13 to 19 years episodic exams
      • 300 Adult episodic or wellness care
      • 50 Speculum/bi-manual exams
      • 150 Client visits for chronic illness care
      • 10 New antepartum
      • 30 Return antepartum
      Clinical Course Information:
      The Regional Clinical Faculty (RCF), with whom the student is assigned, will be in communication with you as a preceptor to monitor the student’s progress. Part of that process includes a Pre-Clinical Clinical Site Visit by the Regional Clinical Faculty (RCF) to student’s primary site and an additional Clinical Site Visit around the student’s half-way point in their clinical practicum. In order to graduate, students must be able to fulfill the clinical requirements of the FNU and demonstrate safe and competent care within the Core Competencies of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) or the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).
  • Questions about Clinical Credentialing
    • An important first step of the clinical credentialing process is a Pre-Clinical Site Visit (by phone or in person) by the Regional Clinical Faculty (RCF) to the site. No student may begin his or her clinical experience until FNU receives a signed Affiliation Agreement, the preceptor has been fully credentialed, and the Pre-Clinical Site Visit has been made. The student must be cleared by Clinical Credentialing and receive final approval to attend a clinical site by the RCF. Each student must meet both FNU and individual site requirements as determined by the contract between FNU and the site. Starting clinical prior to the completion of site and/or preceptor credentialing is considered grounds for immediate dismissal. Our Clinical Credentialing office, located in Lexington, KY, will be in touch with preceptors to gather necessary documents for the credentialing process.
  • Questions about Frontier
    • For questions about Frontier Nursing University please click here.
  • Preceptor Role in the Clinical Experience
    • As a preceptor, you are serving as the student’s teacher, supervisor, and evaluator during the clinical practicum. We require a short preceptor packet to be completed, as well as your signature (if you are the student’s primary preceptor) on the Declaration of Safety. The preceptor packet will come from the Clinical Credentialing Department. Learn more about the preceptor role in the “The Gift of Precepting” course
  • Regional Clinical Faculty (RCF) Role in the Clinical Experience
    • The Regional Clinical Faculty (RCF) serves as the student's advisor during the clinical portion of the program. The RCF will approve the overall clinical plan and provide guidance and support to both the student and preceptor during this time in the student's curriculum. The RCF evaluates both the clinical site and preceptor to insure excellence before the student begins the clinical experience. Like our students and course faculty, our RCFs are located across the United States. Most students are matched with an RCF who lives in the region of the country close to them.
  • Student Role in the Clinical Experience
    • Students are ultimately responsible for securing their placement with a clinical site. There are a number of resources available to assist them including Typhon, our Clinical Site Facilitator, and their RCF. In addition, students must complete a rigorous clinical credentialing process. While at their clinical sites, students are responsible for adhering to professional attributes and behaviors including timeliness, ethical practice, confidential communication, professional competencies, commitment to evidence-based clinical decision-making, self-assessment, preparedness, appearance, and effective communication.
  • Forms and “Gift of Precepting” Course
    • All clinical forms may be found in "The Gift of Precepting" course. "The Gift of Precepting" Course has been approved by the ACNM as a CEU for preceptor training for .2 CEUs/2 contact hours. One of the requirements for the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is that all preceptors participate in preceptor training. This CEU credit can also be applied toward FNP and WHNP continuing certification. If you are interested in receiving CEU for this preceptor training, you must Register, complete the modules and complete the final evaluation.
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  • Preceptor Payment
    • Once a student has completed his/her clinical practicum, he/she will submit his/her End of Clinical Report to his/her RCC, the Registrar’s Office and the Director of Clinical Credentialing. Once the Director of Clinical Credentialing has received the report, she will determine the percentage of time a student has spent with each preceptor. The percentage of time the student has spent with a preceptor will be used to determine what percentage of the student’s honorarium will be given to each preceptor. The current honorarium for WHNP and FNP students is $2,000. For CNEP it is $2,500.

      The Director of Clinical Credentialing will then send a thank you letter from the student’s Program Director, a Certificate of Appreciation from the student’s Associate Dean, a letter confirming the hours the preceptor has spent with the student for the preceptor’s recertification, and an invoice showing how much the preceptor will be paid. The preceptor will sign the invoice and complete a W-9, if he/she hasn’t already during the credentialing process and send these items back to the Director of Clinical Credentialing. Once the W-9 and invoice have been received, the items will be submitted for payment. Checks are typically cut and sent within two weeks of The Director of Clinical Credentialing receiving the signed invoice.

      Please note, the checks will be sent to the address listed on the W-9. Since the student completes the End of Clinical Report, it is a good idea for the student to ask about the payment policy of the facility. Some facilities will not/ cannot accept payment. Some facilities allow preceptors to be paid directly, while others ask that the facility is paid the honorarium. It is advisable for a student to ask this policy and indicate this policy on the End of Clinical Report so The Director of Clinical Credentialing can respect the facilities policy when sending invoices.

      The student must speak with the preceptor to determine whether or not the preceptor is able to accept payment, as well as the appropriate person and address to send the invoice to. If the preceptor is not able to accept payment, the student should indicate whether or not the Credentialing Office should send an invoice. The preceptor may also donate the funds to the FNU General Fund, Student Scholarship Fund or Alumni Fund, if he/she is unable to accept payment.

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