Practicum: a selected experience wherein a designated professional nurse collaborates
with faculty to supervise, teach, and evaluate student performance.
Practicum Preceptor: a professional nurse employed by a health care agency who agrees
to collaborate with faculty to supervise, teach, and evaluate student performance
in a selected practicum experience.
Purpose: The UAM School of Nursing faculty believes that involvement of professional
nurses in health care agencies supports and enhances the quality of learning and strengthens
the link between nursing education and nursing practice. Practica are used to provide
educational experiences for students in the development of nursing roles beyond that
which is possible during traditional practicum experiences. The practicum experience
is expected to provide the student an opportunity to:
- translate theory into practice through a collaborative relationship with an expert
in nursing practice.
- develop effective practicum judgments based on interactions with a professional who
has demonstrated success in nursing practice.
- increase competence and confidence under the guidance of an expert.
- professionally benefit from the relationship between nursing education and nursing