Preceptor Promotion Page

This website is a service for clinical preceptors in the graduate programs at Allen College. Thank you for your willingness to make a positive impact on nurse practitioners of the future.

Preceptor Spotlight


Faculty, Dr. LeeAnn Hoodjer with providers, Sara King and
Shawn Plunkett at UnityPoint Psychiatry in Waterloo

Allen's Preceptor Process Goes Paperless

Allen is using technology to improve our preceptor process and save preceptor time. Nurse practitioner students have been using a computerized tracking system to log their clinical hours for several years now. While the system had paperless capabilities, many clinic offices did not have direct email access for their providers. However, with electronic medical records becoming the standard rather than the exception, the time has come to transition the preceptor process as well.

There were some problems and areas that we wanted to improve to make the preceptor process easier for our valuable clinicians. Prior to implementation, preceptor evaluations of the student had to be faxed or mailed leaving the process open to loss or misdirection and creating the need to request duplicates. Students also had issues with loss of paper logs and had to ask preceptors to re-sign to validate their hours. The new process eliminates these issues and provides a permanent record.

Faculty member, Dr. LeeAnn Hoodjer, decided to pilot the program last semester with a limited number of students and their preceptors. She researched the process from the preceptor perspective and found it easy and intuitive. Feedback from both students and preceptors was positive. This semester, all students and preceptors will be using the computerized system. A preceptor specific handbook has been developed to provide a step-by-step reference along with an instructional video (See links on Preceptor Process page). We appreciate those that “pioneered” the process and we are pleased to offer this improvement to our preceptors.

Reasons to be a Preceptor

  • Contribute to the education of future providers - your knowledge and experience is important in developing quality providers of the future

  • Assure sufficient numbers of providers - there is a shortage of primary care providers in this community and country

  • Promote your practice - showcase your practice and its distinct strengths to promote referrals

  • Help identify possible good fit - develop relationships with future providers that may become part of your practice in the future

  • Service to your profession - good role models are important to developing our profession

  • Fresh perspective - students can often provide a different prospective on patients and your practice helping you to continue to grow