To request a preceptor or mentor for a clinical experience, all DNP and RN to MS students must complete the steps outlined below. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate this process and submit all required materials.
Step 1: Find a Preceptor/Mentor
In your initial contact with a potential preceptor/mentor, it is a good idea to discuss the following:
Each preceptor/mentor will be reviewed by the program director, so save yourself some time by assuring they meet the standards up-front!
If you have any questions about finding preceptors/mentors, please reach out to your program director! RN to MS students seeking a preceptor for NSG 377 may also find helpful information in this FAQ document
Step 5: Await Clearance to Attend Practicum Experience
Upon completion of the previous steps, the staff of the School of Nursing must confirm the following before a student can be cleared to attend a practicum experience:
- An active and inclusive affiliation agreement exists between DePaul University and the health care organization named in the Preceptor/Mentor Request Form.
- The preceptor/mentor meets the minimum qualifications of the role.
- The preceptor/mentor maintains active, unencumbered RN licensure.
- The preceptor/mentor agrees to perform the required duties and responsibilities of the role.
- The student demonstrates full compliance with the health requirements of the School of Nursing.
The student takes no action during this step. Once all of the above have been confirmed, the student will receive a memo from the School of Nursing clearing him or her to attend the practicum experience.
The School of Nursing recommends that students begin looking for a preceptor two quarters in advance of their practicum experience. Finding the right preceptor / mentor and initiating the conversation can take time. Furthermore, affiliation agreements with outside agencies can often take between 1 and 6 months to negotiate. Although DePaul University already maintains many such agreements, especially in the Chicagoland area, new agreements must be negotiated between the legal counsel of both organizations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who do I contact with questions?
Your program director is your best contact for all questions related to preceptors/mentors and the practicum experience. If you have questions about submitting your documentation, or would like to find out where you are in the process of receiving your final clearance to attend your practicum, you can submit a query to firstname.lastname@example.org