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Purpose: To answer the question how do faculty nurture and reward clinical preceptors and what supports do preceptors require?

Data sources: Data came from the literature and from surveying a purposive sample of 26 faculty members teaching clinical courses and arranging precepted experiences for nurse practitioner (NP) students at 26 public and private institutions across the United States. The vehicles for the survey were personal contact and e-mail.Conclusions: Schools offer preceptor rewards varying widely in their monetary value, from tuition and continuing education vouchers, verification of hours toward recertification, access to services and events on campus, reduced price or free admission to museums, cultural and sports events, and lectures. Faculty nurture preceptors by nominating them for awards, providing letters of reference, editing manuscripts, and collaborating on research projects. Supports for preceptors from the literature reflected National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties guidelines (2000), and the policies of schools and clinical agencies, such as providing copies of program objectives and student credentials.Implications for practice and education: As NP programs have proliferated, there is increased pressure on faculty to find, nurture, reward, and retain good preceptors. Faculty must continue to work with program and agency administrators to comply with policies and create preceptor rewards to recognize their gifts to us, to our schools, and to the profession.


This is a pre-print of an article accepted for publication in Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (19, 2007). The definitive version is available at

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Journal of the American Academy of Nursing Practitioners

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Campbell, S.H. & Hawkins, J. (2007). Preceptor rewards: How to say thank you for mentoring the next generation of nurse practitioners, Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 19, 24-29.