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The preceptor may request to interview prospective students to review objectives, student’s previous clinical experience, responsibilities and expectations for the student and preceptor; and to negotiate a schedule to complete planned clinical hours.
The preceptor is required to provide the student with a general orientation to the clinical site, including identifying an area for the student’s personal belongings, introducing the student to staff who will interact with the student, providing an idea of the general flow of patient visits, and explaining patient record and expected documentation. Note that additional and separate training may be needed for the student to access the clinical site EMR.
The preceptor should allow the student at least one day to "shadow" so that the student can see them in action and learn the routines and pace of the clinical site.
The preceptor should be aware of the student’s final clinical date and provide time for the student to "debrief" regarding the entire experience, sharing what went well, what could have enhanced the experience, and major takeaway points of the experience. The preceptor should provide the student with a clear and honest appraisal of the student's performance and growth, as well as suggestions for continued development. The preceptor may also identify potential colleagues or clinical sites that might help meet the student’s needs for a future course. The student may request the preceptor provide a reference for future clinical sites or employment in the advanced practice role.
The preceptor should review their clinical evaluations with the student. They should also share summative findings of the experience with the clinical faculty member. Please also let the clinical faculty member know your availability if you're interested in serving as a preceptor again in the future!