Preceptors are engaged clinical professionals who provide supervised clinical rotations while mentoring and educating Johns Hopkins pre-licensure and advanced practice nursing students. Precepting gives the health care professional the opportunity to partner with Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing to translate classroom preparation into hands-on patient care, while developing their own teaching and mentoring skills.
Preceptors for advanced practice students may be nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, or mental health clinicians. Characteristics of a preceptor include: at least two years of clinical practice, excellent decision-making and problem-solving skills in practice with emphasis on improved patient-focused outcomes. Preceptors are needed for students across our Doctor of Nursing Practice programs which include adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, family primary care nurse practitioner, pediatric primary care nurse practitioner, and clinical nurse specialist in adult-gerontology health, adult-gerontology critical care, and pediatric critical care. Preceptors also have master’s students from the post-degree certificate programs in pediatric acute care nurse practitioner and the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
Preceptors for pre-licensure students may be baccalaureate, masters or doctoral prepared registered nurses. In the final course prior to graduation for the Master’s Entry into Practice Program, students are placed in clinical settings alongside their nurse preceptor to work their schedule and care for patients under the guidance from the preceptor. Nurses who precept are highly motivated to impart knowledge and serve as role models to future nurses.