School of Nursing

October 15, 2018

Thank you to our wonderful preceptors

Nursing is a unique mixture of art and science. The science of nursing can be taught in a classroom. The art of nursing must be taught individually, and much of the responsibility for doing that falls to a dedicated group of mentors known as preceptors.

These experienced preceptors take responsibility for overseeing the latter-stage clinical experiences of our advanced practice nurses. They work on a one-on-one basis with our nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, and other advanced practice nurses, imparting the scientific and intuitive knowledge garnered through their years of experience. They serve as mentors, sounding boards, supervisors, quality control inspectors, colleagues and—quite often—friends. They accelerate the final stages of the educational process, and help assure that each advanced practice nurse is well prepared to practice to the full extent of her or his licensure.

Being a preceptor is an enormous responsibility. It is also an enormous opportunity. Being a preceptor gives an experienced nurse the opportunity to impart not only knowledge, but also the patience, compassion, cultural awareness, and sensitivity that are essential professional skills. Preceptors, in turn, find that the experience keeps them on the cutting edge of their profession, and refreshes their dedication and enthusiasm.

Preceptors are an absolutely essential part of advanced nursing education. We recognize the importance of this role by annually honoring several individuals for their distinguished service. This year’s honorees are:

  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Susan Pambianco, ARNP
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner – Alvin Tiu, MD
  • Community Health Nursing (Population Health) Melanie Maltry, MS
  • Family Nurse Practitioner – Bomy Yun, MSN, ARNP
  • Nurse Midwifery – Bonnie Hill, CNM, ARNP
  • Perinatal Nurse Specialist – Amy Anderson, RNC, MN, PNS
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Elizabeth Hadland, ARNP                
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Margaret Depew, PMHNP-C

Each of these preceptors/mentors is contributing to the future of healthcare in our community. Read more about them here and their diverse backgrounds and interests. 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.