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Barriers to Preceptor Placement for Nurse Practitioner Students

Hawkins, Martha D.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000519
Feature: education/practice

ABSTRACT: Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are positioned to fill healthcare gaps in the looming primary care provider shortage, if clinical educational needs can be met. Issues with preceptor placements for APRNs have been hotly debated in nursing education but not well studied. This article presents a case study of a quality improvement project, describing the experiences of a Clinical Preceptor Placement Coordinator for APRN students for a small Midwestern university. Barriers identified in finding preceptor placements for students are delineated, and suggestions for solutions and further research are given to address this growing problem.

Martha D. Hawkins, DNP, APRN, is a pediatric nurse practitioner with 14 years' experience and 27 years of general nursing experience. She currently teaches in the postlicensure Division of Nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University for the Kentucky Learning Centers.

Accepted by peer-review 4/18/2017.

Published Ahead of Print 5/22/2018.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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