Preceptors for doctor of nursing practice students (DNP) are essential for student and program success. In order to learn the clinical role,
DNP students must have qualified preceptors. In the United States, students must compete with students from multiple programs to secure their preceptor(s). It is important to understand why preceptors agree to do this without pay. In order to more efficiently assist student recruit preceptors, the Enlisting New Teachers in Clinical Environments (ENTICE) survey was used to discover motivators and barriers for being a preceptor. A beginning and advanced clinic course were selected for baseline data in 2015, and compared with 2016 preceptor responses. In these preceptors, ‘giving back to the profession’ remained the most important reason these preceptors chose to teach students in the clinical arena while doing practicing their skills. A significant barrier for these preceptors in both years for both courses was ‘decreased productivity’. The ‘type of student’ was also important. The solution to this problem may be a standardized preceptor guidance program, interprofessional education, online learning opportunities, standardized student pre-clinical competency validation, and negotiating professional entrustable acts.

Published in: Canada International Conference on Education, 2017

  • Date of Conference: 26-29 June, 2017
  • DOI: 10.2053/CICE.2017.0225
  • Electronic ISBN: 978-1-908320-83-4
  • Conference Location: University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada