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. See attached worksheet to assist in planning. (Appendix I)

  1. Evaluate space availability for students to review charts, document, and conference as needed
  2. Determine if your site population and activities align with the course objectives
  3. Consider the amount of time you are able to devote to a student
  4. Reflect on your own clinical strengths and those of colleagues at your site