Recognizing our 2019-2020 Clinical Preceptors

Celebrating Clinical Preceptors

Clinical partnerships are one of the UW School of Nursing’s most critical resources in preparing the next generation of advanced practice registered nurses and advanced systems and population health experts. Clinical preceptors have a deep interest in and commitment to our academic programs and demonstrate excellence in clinical practice and community service. Clinical preceptors provide an invaluable component of a student’s clinical education.

We’re proud to celebrate and honor our 2019-2020 clinical preceptors:

Aspen LaRiverie

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track 
Aspen LaRiverie, MSN, ARNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC 

Aspen has been a nurse preceptor for 15 years. As a nursing student, Aspen had a great experience with her preceptor who set her up for success and since then has been inspired to precept students.

“I enjoy interacting with the students when they’re starting their careers. They have an excitement and a passion for learning. Plus, they teach me a lot from the new things they’re learning. They teach me, just as much as I teach them.”

Her advice to students: “Enjoy clinicals. School is stressful but push through and know there’s light at the end of the tunnel. You will get to a place, where you will enjoy your work.”


Maryam Yadzi

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track
Maryam Yadzi, MN, ARNP, FNP 

Maryam has been precepting for many years. She also precepted as a physician in her home country, Iran, where most of her students were refugees. Maryam also worked with United Nations Refugee Agency teaching Afghani refugee women on preventing their children from dying before age of 5 from diarrhea and lack of vaccinations.

“There are many things I enjoy about precepting. One is I want to train people to be able to learn things in a way I believe is correct and is improving the nursing profession. I want to be an agent of change and don’t want to underestimate each person working in healthcare. We can all be agents of change.”

Maryam’s advice to students: “Learn as much as you can from your preceptors. Don’t underestimate your clinical rotation–that’s where you learn a lot. Becoming is the only way you allow this profession to go on, otherwise there’s no one to teach future nurses.”


Brenda Bednar

Nurse-Midwifery Track 
Brenda Bednar, CNM, ARNP 

Brenda has been precepting for eight years. She enjoys precepting and says it keeps her on her toes.

“The UW prepares students really well. They come with a lot of clinical knowledge and academic integrity. But I love teaching students the softer skills that comes with midwifery. For example, teaching them how to sit with women in labor and how to be supportive.”

“My advice to students is be gentle with yourself. There’s a high expectation you know everything, but take the time to ask questions. It’s ok not to know everything.”


Dara Carlson

Family Nurse Practitioner Track
Dara Carlson, MPH, ARNP 

Dara has been a preceptor for four years. She says precepting is a fun experience and she learns just as much as the students.

“It is rewarding to work with students. Their enthusiasm is contagious and is a fresh way for me to look at my work. I have been working as a nurse practitioner for just over five years. It is still easy for me to remember my time as a student. I think of the preceptors I have had and try to emulate aspects of their teaching styles that resonated with me.”

“My advice to new providers is to be patient with yourself, trust your knowledge base and take things one day at a time.”


Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track
Kellye Campbell, MN, ARNP  

Kellye Campbell

Kellye has been a preceptor for 11 years. She encourages students to become a preceptor to ensure continuation of the nursing profession.

“I enjoy meeting students who are at the beginning of their career and getting them interested in my work, especially since I work primarily with children, adolescents, and young adults. Many are hesitant to get into this type of work, but it’s very meaningful. I also learn a lot from my students. It’s a two-way street, especially from their own life experiences, that I haven’t experienced.”

Kellye’s advice to students: “As a nurse practitioner, even though they may not feel confident that they can practice at a high level, they can and will be seen as the experts. They will grow into their job and feel more self-confident.”

Wenny Qiu

Population Health Nursing Track
Wenny Qiu, MPH

Wenny has been a preceptor for one year and has found the role rewarding.

“Working with preceptees provides me with a foundation to enjoy a one-on-one trust relationship with them by sharing my own experiences and passion. It also allows me to guide them in adapting to unit, organizational and community culture.”

Wenny’s advice to students: “Remember to take care of yourself. Drink plenty of water, eat enough food, and get enough sleep even when things get hectic.”




Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Track
Jennifer Hannon, DNP, ARNP

Jennifer Hannon

Jennifer has been a preceptor for two years. She had excellent preceptors during her DNP program and wanted to become a preceptor to give back to future nurse colleagues.

“I get to help educate and teach individuals who one day will be colleagues of mine and leaders in nursing. I learn with them and discover new topics that they’re learning. Precepting provides me with the opportunity to talk over issues and discuss what we see and do every day with students.”

Jennifer’s advice to students: “Always be open minded and willing to learn. You will go to various clinical sites and have different preceptors where everyone is different. Always remember that you can learn from each place you go to. Finally, advocate for yourself and never stop learning!”


Become a preceptor

Nursing students need high-quality, precepted clinical experiences on a quarterly basis as part of their education. Students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice spend four quarters in clinical placements, and one to three days per week each quarter, depending on the track and stage of their education. Through clinical placements, our graduate students have an extraordinary opportunity to learn and work alongside skilled mentors-preceptors through clinical rotations.

To explore a clinical partnership, clinical placements or precepting, please contact Professor Hilaire Thompson at 206.616.5641 or

Clinical preceptors receive the following benefits and privileges:

  • Opportunities to mentor and help others meet their potential as future nurse leaders
  • Access to UW Libraries resources, including the world-class Health Sciences Library
  • Opportunity to obtain affiliate faculty status
  • Clinical placements are coordinated by a single point of contact
  • Opportunities to interface with engaged, highly skilled faculty
  • Regular site visits by faculty
  • 15 percent Continuing Nursing Education discount
  • Discounts and free admission at various UW campus venues
  • Eligibility to apply for membership at the Intramural Activities Center
  • Eligible for discounts at the University Bookstore with Pack Rewards
  • Special software discounts at the University Bookstore Tech Center