Preceptors & Students Podcast

Preceptors and Students: Benefits and Challenges

Podcast recording of a discussion panel at the 2019 APNA Annual Conference.

This 60 minute discussion with experts from the APNA Education Council and APNA Practice Council explores:

  • Characteristics of an effective student/preceptor relationship.
  • Challenges preceptors experience in relation to PMHNP students.
  • Challenges PMHNP students experience in relation to preceptors
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ANCC requires 500 hours of precepted clinical experience for all advance practice nurses. The availability of qualified PMHNP Preceptors is limited, yet the number of students needing preceptorship has increased dramatically over the last 5 years with the growth of new PMHNP programs. Advance practice nurses with limited clinical experiences are recruited as preceptors without the tools needed to serve in this role. The APNA Graduate Council and Practice Council discuss the benefits and challenges for preceptors and students. Panel members include faculty and students from both live and online PMHNP programs. Listeners will have an increased understanding of the roles and relationships between preceptors and students, which will lead to improved communication and enhance the student/preceptor relationship. Collaboration such as this between education and practice in addressing relevant issues of today can lead to improved student outcomes, ultimately leading to better patient care.

Discussion Panel Members:
Dawn Vanderhoef, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FAANP
Joanne Iennaco, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC
Sharon Katz, RN, FPMH-NP, PMH-CNS, BC
Sarah Cox, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Brad Thompson, RN

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