2019 Clinical Preceptors of the Year

The UW School of Nursing is proud to announce its 2019 Clinical Preceptors of the Year. The preceptors and mentors represent a variety of advanced practice tracks at the UW School of Nursing.

Preceptors and mentors are healthcare professionals practicing in the community that volunteer to teach School of Nursing students in clinical settings, allowing students to receive important hands-on patient care experience.

Our preceptors are vital to the success of our school. Without their contributions and dedication to our students, we could not prepare the next generation of nursing leaders,” said Azita Emami, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N.T, R.N., F.A.A.N., executive dean of the UW School of Nursing.

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner – Desiree Wood, DNP, ARNP, AGPCNP-BC, CCRN – Seattle VA Medical Center

“My favorite part about having nurse practitioner students rotate with me in the intensive care unit is to see their growth from novice to experienced. Watching them engage with patients and families and learn about the wealth of opportunity nurse practitioners have in leading health care teams and changing practice. I always learn something as a preceptor about myself or a practice change.”

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner – Scott Archer, MN, ARNP, AGPCNP-BC – Providence St. Peter Hospital

“I really enjoy working with nurse practitioner students helping them become excited about the clinical experience while always trying to remember it’s about them and their learning. Every student clinical experience is unique and exciting not only for them but for me as well.  Working with students helps to continually build my own knowledge base while creating lasting friendships and professional peers. “

Family Nurse Practitioner – Mariann Williams, MSN, MPH, ARNP, FNP – Confluence Health

“I enjoy watching the learning process unfold and helping students to achieve their goals.  I enjoy watching the spark of wonder when students ‘get it’ and watching them build confidence in their abilities.  I enjoy the challenge of learning something new while sharing a practice with students and knowing that I have contributed not only the professional future of the individual nurse practitioner, but also to the future health of people I will likely never meet.”

Nurse-Midwifery – Simon Adriane Ellis, MSN, ARNP, CNM – Kaiser Permanente

“I love the exchange of ideas between student and preceptor. I love learning from my students, and I love watching as they learn through working with me and my patients. As a midwife, I feel like I am a specialist in stewarding people through transitions. With my students, I get to bear witness and help them through the process of truly becoming a midwife. It’s very rewarding.”

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Christopher Cheng, MD – C&C Medical

“I have enjoyed seeing all the PNP students. They have great background knowledge, eager to learn and in return, we learn so much from them and they make us better. I am most proud of seeing and knowing all the PNP students ready and successful for their future practice.”

Population Health Nursing – Kate Pfizenmaier, BA, MPH – UW Scope

“I enjoy the energy, idealism, and talent that students bring to every project.  Working with students helps me evolve as a person and professional and I’m so grateful for this. I also deeply enjoy learning about what our students do after they leave their University programs and am inspired by how they contribute to their communities beyond their fellowship program.”

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Andrew Kokesh, ARNP, PMHNP-BC

“I enjoy the most is helping students bridge what they have learned in the classroom into practice in the clinic. You can learn quite a lot from books and lectures, but until you are face to face with a patient it isn’t quite the same. It brings me a satisfying sense of fulfillment to see how my students grow from nervous novices to confident veterans over the course of their rotation with me. I also enjoy paying it forward, because I’ve had a number of excellent experiences myself as a precepted student and I enjoy the opportunity to give back to the psychiatric community.”

If you are a nurse and ready to share your wealth of knowledge by being a preceptor, please contact Dr. Hilaire Thompson, our graduate program director, at 206.616.5641 or via email.