Pacific Lutheran University
School of Nursing
Nurse Practitioner Programs

PRECEPTOR NEWSLETTER

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  • Summer is on its way and the new normal is emerging. We hope you are thriving and looking forward to the new future of nurse practitioner practice.
  • On-line information for Nurse Practitioner Preceptors is available at https://www.plu.edu/nursing/preceptor-portal/.
  • For the password to password-protected materials, please contact a PLU clinical instructor or heather.graves@plu.edu

Free NIH-recognized Medical Spanish for Healthcare Providers is available to a limited number of preceptors as an on-line course through Canopy. You can read in more detail about the purpose of the course and beginning information about working with Certified Medical Interpreters at https://www.plu.edu/nursing/preceptor-portal/medical-spanish/. Applications to register for free for this course are available at heather.graves@plu.edu. You will be notified of approval within two weeks.

Stay Healthy!

Anne M Mariella

Anne Mariella PhD MS MPH RN
CNM Clinical Preceptor Coordinator
marielam@plu.edu

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After a delay related to COVID19, the PLU Nurse Practitioner Preceptor Portal is now available. Please visit https://www.plu.edu/nursing/preceptor-portal/. You can review the answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), rediscover Precepting Benefits, find information about Teleprecepting and Telehealth, have at your fingertips the links to many Resources and Toolkits, and find how to apply for a fully-paid scholarship to an online course: Spanish for Healthcare Providers. There is also a link to the Center for Continued Nursing Learning to register for the continuing education that PLU provides for nurse practitioners in general and for preceptors especially. Eight hours per year are free for you!

For password protected materials such as the Basics of Precepting (in Resources and Toolkits) and the PLU NP Preceptor Handbook for your track (FNP or PMHNP), contact the clinical faculty for the password. We request that you do not share this password with those who are not preceptors for PLU. Other materials are also available from the clinical faculty who is your contact for the student(s) you are precepting. Course objectives and entire course syllabi also should be included in these materials.

If you would like to share your own materials or links with other preceptors, you can send them to the Clinical Preceptor Coordinator who can add the links and also password protect and upload files. Even copyrighted materials such as a published article are legitimate if access is controlled via a password and the purpose is educational only.

A sad news item is that Preceptor Day 2020 is another casualty of the COVID19 pandemic. Financial requirements for providing a reliable virtual conference make this event unfeasible this year. Many of us have found that the now commonly used free version of Zoom sometimes provides spotty connections. Because of the common substitution of virtual meetings for living ones, there is even a new term—Zoom fatigue. In any case, save the date for what is now expected to be a live Preceptor Day 2021, scheduled for June 5, 2021.

Stay Healthy!

Anne M Mariella
Anne Mariella PhD MS MPH RN CNM
Clinical Preceptor Coordinator
marielam@plu.edu

The news has started using the term “uncertain times.” In whatever way you are experiencing these times, PLU recognizes your efforts. Nurse Practitioners are on the front line with our patients, managing the dramatic balancing act forced by the COVID19 pandemic and adapting to change. It might be worth a moment to reflect and be proud of ourselves, each one of us individually and all of us together.

Even before the watershed moment as the COVID19 epidemic started to peak, telehealth was on its way in. Now it is front and center. Who knew that virtual versions of interpersonal skills and, of course, of physical examination and diagnosis were going to be the next topic for nurse practitioner education, not to mention the associated technology skills and new apps for telehealth? A political philosopher once wrote that revolution is merely evolution compressed into a short time. He also observed that human survival depended on mutual aid (Kropotkin, 1902[1987]*). If you find you are taking a page from this philosopher, feeling that we are in a revolution and that we must depend on one another, you can see from the date of original publication that you are not the first and not alone.

This month, April 2020, PLU School of Nursing Graduate Programs will launch its preceptor portal, a one-stop shop for access to resources, information, links, and ideally all the information that preceptors for nurse practitioner students need and want. Future plans include a means for preceptors to communicate with and support each other in a protected on-line environment.
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Stay Healthy!

Anne Mariella PhD MS MPH RN CNM
Clinical Preceptor Coordinator
Pacific Lutheran University
marielam@plu.edu

Reference: *Kropotkin, P. (1902[1987]). Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution. Freedom Press.

Last updated June 30, 2020
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