Preceptor of the year award recognizes excellence in nursing education

Monday, Mar 11, 2024

Nurse explaining a process to male and female nurses

Nominations are open for the UTA Graduate Preceptor of the Year Award. Now in its third year, this award recognizes outstanding preceptors in the clinical education of graduate nursing students at UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI).

Department of Graduate Nursing Chair and Associate Professor Ann Eckhardt, PhD, RN, serves as the chair of the Preceptor Recognition Task Force.

“Preceptors donate their time and expertise to students in the graduate nursing programs, “said Eckhardt. “The award is a way that we can recognize truly outstanding preceptors who go above and beyond in the education of our students.“

Graduate nursing preceptors provide direct oversight of clinical experiences. In the nurse practitioner (NP) program, preceptors guide students as they see patients in clinics and hospitals, determine differential diagnoses, and develop treatment plans. For Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) education students, preceptors provide guidance in teaching experiences in hospitals, clinics, and university settings.

“Our goal is to show preceptors that we recognize and appreciate the work they do and the time they give to our students,” said Eckhardt.

UTA offers a variety of incentives to recruit the best and brightest preceptors to the program, including opportunities to enroll in free continuing education courses and access to a variety of university and professional resources.

Award submission deadline is April 30. To nominate a preceptor or for information on precepting at UTA, visit the Preceptor Resources webpage.


- Written by Rachel Biggs, College of Nursing and Health Innovation