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Department of Nursing
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Stroup Hall 120B
Phone: 785-628-4256
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Graduate Nursing Studies FNP Preceptor

Welcome Preceptors!

We're glad you chose to visit the Fort Hays State University FNP Preceptor site. I would like to thank you for sharing your expertise and valuable time with our Family Nurse Practitioner Students. Please feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail if you have any questions, comments or concerns.


Dorothy Ochs

Preceptor Orientation

Please review the following. If you have any questions or comments about being a preceptor, please contact Dorothy Ochs at (785) 628-5660 or e-mail  Or contact the Graduate Nursing Office at (785) 628-4327.

  • Tips in teaching the FNP student

Preceptor Orientation contains the following sections.

Preceptor Role:


A preceptor serves the Department of Nursing as a part-time clinical facilitator for graduate nursing students. A preceptorship appointment has no remuneration from the Department of Nursing.


  • A current MD or DO license, a Master's degree in nursing and certification, licensed ARNP and certified as a Nurse Practitioner.
  • Evidence of clinical competency in relevant area of practice and a demonstrated ability or potential for teaching and clinical instruction.
  • Acceptance of the education philosophy of the University and the philosophy and curriculum of the Department of Nursing.
  • All preceptors will provide the Department of Nursing with documentation of credentials.

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Preceptor Responsibilities

Each preceptor and the faculty members work collaboratively in the education and evaluation of the student. The faculty member retains the primary responsibility for the education and evaluation of the student. The preceptor is expected to contribute to the attainment of selected objectives of the Department of Nursing by:

  • Serving as a clinical facilitator for students in their educational experience, by maintaining an education milieu conducive to teaching and learning and supporting the FNP clinical preceptorship course objectives.
  • Complying with current laws, regulations, and standards of education and/or clinical practice, by promoting high standards of health care.
  • Providing clinical time for clinical discussions directed toward course and student goals.
  • Giving no money or goods to the student for his/her assistance.
  • Evaluating the student's performance with written and verbal evaluations and communicating with the instructor.
  • Collaborating with the instructor, the preceptor will communicate feedback on the students clinical progress. The faculty along with feedback from the Preceptor will assign the student a final grade.
  • Supervising the student in the facility or facilities utilized for the education experience.
    • The student may perform clinic visits, hospital and nursing home rounds including: writing progress notes, dictating histories and physicals, and discharge summaries as long as the Preceptor is agreeable and the histories, physicals, progress notes and discharge summaries are cosigned by the Preceptor (on Preceptor's patients only).
    • The Preceptor must be present in the building while the student is performing all clinical experiences. Students may only perform advanced techniques for which they have received training.
  • Recognizing when the clinical preceptorship experience is not meeting the student's needs based on course objectives and notifying the assigned faculty. This would include notifying the faculty of student clinical weaknesses that will require remedial instruction. The preceptor will notify the faculty if he/she is unable to fulfill the preceptorship commitment to the student.

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Faculty Responsibilities

  • The assigned instructor for the preceptorship course will provide information regarding the student's clinical goals and responsibilities.
  • The faculty have the responsibility to withdraw a student if the student's work, conduct or health is harmful to the clients of the facility or at the preceptor's request.
  • The faculty will maintain student records and grade student's performance.

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Department of Nursing Core Philosophy

The Department of Nursing has adopted the following Core Philosophy. This Core Philosophy provides a basis for the undergraduate nursing and the graduate nursing philosophical statements.

HUMAN: The human is the focus of interest for the disicipline of nursing. Humans are consiered das individuals and as aggregates or groups within a holistic framework.

ENVIRONMENT: Environment is a dynamic interplay among political, economical, technological, societal, and other influences in which a human, aggregates and/or groups interact concerning health care, health care delivery and/or systems.

HEALTH: Health is a dynamic, pandimensional state of being uniquely defined within a cultural context by individuals, aggregates, or society. Health is a focus of nursing attention, not as an end in itself, but as a means to life that is meaningful and manageable.

NURSING: Nursing is a unique body of science influencing the health of humans. The implementation of nursing science and the art of nursing is nursing practice. Therefore, nursing is a blend of both science and art.

LEARNING: Learning is a uniquely active process of lifelong growth that endures over time and includes multiple ways of knowing. The learner uses personal motivation and accepts responsibility to continue inquiry and develop competence.

BACCALAUREATE NURSING EDUCATION combines courses in the liberal arts along with courses in nursing theory and practice to prepare students to become entry level professional nurse generalists.

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Graduate Nursing Studies Philosophical Statements

The Department of nursing philosophical statements for Human, environment, health and nursing also are used for the Graduate Nursing Program.

Learning is the art or process of acquiring knowledge and skill that include but are not limited by investigation, instruction, practice, and experience. Learning is an active internal process. Learning is not limited by, but may include, change of behavior, attitude or thinking. The motivation to learn and the rewards of learning are complementary and dynamic. Learning is a lifelong process that involves the development of human potential.

Graduate nursing education builds upon the knowledge and competencies that characterize baccalaureate education in nursing. Graduate Nursing Studies curriculum integrates theory and research from nursing and related disciplines. Acquiring advanced nursing knowledge provides the foundation for mastery of advanced nursing. the nursing master's curriculum provides the foundation for doctoral studies in nursing.

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FNP Track Courses

There are five apprenticeship Family Nurse Practitioner experiences. Students work with Expert Practitioners for these courses. These experiences are in Health Care agencies in a student's United States geographical location. Students work with Dorothy Ochs to plan these experiences.

What the FNP Student Can and Cannot Do in Clinical

  • FNP students are able to participate in activities and procedures in which they have had instruction. All activities and procedures should be performed under the direct supervision of the preceptor until the preceptor is comfortable with the FNP student's ability function more independently. The preceptor remains accountable for the care of the client and outcomes of all procedures.
  • FNP students can perform only procedures that are within the scope of practice of a Family Nurse Practitioner Advanced Practice Nurse and the Nurse Practitioner Protocols in the preceptor's clinical practice. Consult the established protocols in the clinical agency for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners and/or a standardized protocol reference for Family Nurse Practitioners, such as Clinical Guidelines in Family Practice (3rd ed.) by Uphold and Graham. Consult the FNP student's clinical instructor if concerns continue to exist regarding what the FNP student can and cannot do in the clinical setting. Call 785-628-4327 and request the FNP student's instructor.
  • The FNP student may attend all clinical experiences with the preceptor, including surgery and deliveries, if there is an active clinical agreement with the medical facility. If there is a question as to whether a clinical agreement exists, the Graduate Nursing Office should be called to clarify. To check on the status of a clinical agreement, call 785-628-4327.

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