The clinical environment is most effective when there is respect and a trusting relationship between preceptors and students. Preceptors should demonstrate an open, nonjudgmental, and professional demeanor. This type of clinical environment will lead to a more successful practicum experience. Take some time to evaluate your clinical site capabilities to provide a quality experience for students. Below are a few important areas to assess in your practice:
- Evaluate space availability for students to review charts, document, and conference as needed
- Determine if your site population and activities align with the course objectives
- Consider the amount of time you are able to devote to a student
- Reflect on your own clinical strengths and those of colleagues at your site
This worksheet may also assist in planning.