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A checklist for faculty and preceptor to enhance the nurse practitioner student clinical experience

Pitts, Courtney DNP, MPH, FNP-BC (Assistant Professor)1; Padden, Diane PhD, CRNP, FAANP (Vice President of Professional Practice and Partnerships)2; Knestrick, Joyce PhD, CRNP, FAANP (President)2; Bigley, Mary B. DrPH, APRN, FAAN (Chief Executive Officer)3

Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners: October 2019 - Volume 31 - Issue 10 - p 591–597
doi: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000310

ABSTRACT The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners collaborated to develop a document outlining expectations when establishing clinical experiences for nurse practitioner (NP) students. A literature review explored the beliefs of clinical preceptors and NP faculty in relation to the process of the establishment and completion of successful clinical experiences. From the literature, the development of two guidance checklists addressed the expectations and responsibilities of the NP faculty and clinical preceptor during the clinical placement process. In light of challenges to secure clinical sites for NP students, it is imperative that the clinical placement process is standardized and the communicative pathway between the NP faculty and clinical preceptor improved.

1Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, Tennessee,

2American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Austin, Texas,

3National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Washington, DC

Correspondence: Courtney Pitts, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, 461 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37240. Tel: (615) 875-4008; Fax: (615) 936-0228; E-mail:

Competing interests: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Received March 26, 2019

Received in revised form July 09, 2019

Accepted July 17, 2019

© 2019 American Association of Nurse Practitioners
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