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Student, Faculty, and Preceptor Responsibilities

The following section describes general student, faculty and preceptor responsibilities. Responsibilities may vary by course and concentration. Preceptors will receive additional information specific to course and concentration at the beginning of each semester.

  • Student Responsibilities
    1. Demonstrate the integration of a philosophy of caring in advanced nursing situations.
    2. Meet all clinical entry requirements as outlined in the college clinical tracking system. Obtain faculty site and preceptor approval prior to entering any practicum site.
    3. Submit signed preceptor agreement form to faculty prior to entering any practicum site.
    4. Submit an electronic clinical arrangements form for each practicum site prior to entering the site.
    5. The orientation to the setting is the responsibility of the student and is to be conducted before and/or during the first week of the semester. The student needs to provide the preceptor, a copy of their CV/resume, the course syllabus, evaluation tool, and a set of individualized objectives.
    6. Professional attire and conduct is expected at all times:
      • If the student is unable to attend clinical related to illness, he/she is to contact the preceptor and facility in a timely manner.
      • Students are expected to report to clinical on time. Tardiness is considered unprofessional behavior.
      • A student ID and name badge must be exhibited. [see Graduate Handbook]
      • Students must maintain clinical logs as described in individual course syllabi.
    7. Students are advised to maintain a copy of their clinical logs for their own records.
    8. Students must complete an evaluation of the practicum site and preceptor at the end of the semester.
    9. All ethical standards per the ANA code must be maintained, including client confidentiality.
  • College of Nursing Faculty Responsibilities
    1. Assist the student in facilitating a practicum placement at the beginning of the semester; maintain contact with the facility, preceptor, and administrators as appropriate. Ensure contract in place prior students entering the site.
    2. Conduct practicum site visits as appropriate; minimally one visit per semester. This visit should be scheduled in advance to ensure the time and experience. More than one visit may be required.
    3. Conduct group practicum conferences as appropriate.
    4. Evaluate students, preceptors and sites over the course of the semester.
    5. Visit potential new sites. Notify Graduate Coordinator of sites no longer appropriate or functional.
    6. Maintain collegial working relationships with preceptors and staff.
    7. Be available to preceptor and student during times that student is in practicum setting.
    8. If as, course faculty, you are unavailable (out of town or ill), notify the appropriate Graduate Coordinator who will assist in arranging back up faculty supervision. Students must be notified if faculty is unavailable and provided with contact information for back-up supervising faculty member.
    9. For each student, submit the appropriate signed practicum hour summary sheet, student evaluations, and student preceptor/site evaluations to the Graduate Coordinator within one week of submitting course grades.
  • Preceptor Responsibilities
    1. Maintain a current license in state of practice.
    2. Complete and sign a preceptor agreement form provided by the student.
    3. Conduct a joint review with the student of the learning objectives for the practicum experience. Should there be any concerns regarding the student meeting the course. objectives during the semester, the preceptor should inform the student and contact the course faculty member directly.
    4. Provide adequate practicum access including facility/clinical space as appropriate to adequately facilitate student's interaction with a variety of experiences necessary to meet course objectives.
    5. Actively participate and facilitate student's experience.
    6. Provide an expanding scope of responsibility and accountability as the student. Progresses toward meeting and/or exceeding course objectives.
    7. Participate with faculty member in evaluating student's practicum performance and knowledge base through:
      • Direct supervision, observation, and teaching of students.
      • Discussion of and critique of written documentation as well as verbal presentations as appropriate.
      • Provide written evaluation at midterm and end of the semester. Evaluation tools will be provided by the faculty member and/or student.
    8. Support students in maintaining clinical logs and journals as appropriate.