Student needs preceptor in Georgia

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I am a student of Grand Canyon University, presently enrolled in masters in Nursing program with emphasis in Public health. I am in need of a preceptor. I live in Georgia. The requirements are that the Nurse must have a masters degree with an unencumbered li cense with two experience. The practicum is scheduled to begin

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Finding a preceptor for your practicum is a critical step in your master's program in Nursing with an emphasis on Public Health. Here are some steps and tips to help you locate a suitable preceptor in Georgia:

Contact Your University

  • Practicum Coordinator. Reach out to the practicum coordinator or the clinical placement office at Grand Canyon University. They often have a list of pre-approved preceptors or can assist in finding one.
  • Alum network. Utilize the university's alum network. Public health or nursing alumni might be willing to precept or recommend colleagues.

Professional Networks

  • Georgia Nurses Association (GNA). Join or contact the GNA, which may have resources or a network of nurses who could serve as preceptors.
  • American Public Health Association (APHA) – Georgia Chapter. Engage with the Georgia chapter of APHA to find public health professionals who meet your criteria.

Local Healthcare Facilities

  • Hospitals and Clinics. Contact local hospitals, community health centers, and public health departments. Speak with the nursing education or public health departments to find qualified nurses. Sometimes, nurses will precept to earn points on their clinical ladder promotion.
  • Health Departments. Contact county or state health departments in Georgia. They often employ nurses with public health expertise who could serve as preceptors.

Online Platforms and Job Boards

  • LinkedIn. Use LinkedIn to network with nursing professionals in your area. Join nursing and public health groups and post about your need for a preceptor.
  • Professional Associations: Check the websites of professional associations like the American Nurses Association (ANA) or the Association of Public Health Nurses (APHN).

Cold Calling and Emailing

  • Direct Contact. Identify potential preceptors through online searches and professional directories. Send a professional email explaining your program, the practicum requirements, and why you seek a preceptor.

Colleagues and Classmates

  • Word of mouth. Ask classmates, colleagues, or instructors if they know any qualified nurses willing to precept.

Template for Contacting Potential Preceptors

Subject: Request for Preceptorship for Master's in Nursing Practicum

Dear [Nurse's Name],

I hope this message finds you well. My name is [Your Name], and I am currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing program with an emphasis on Public Health at Grand Canyon University. As part of my program, I am required to complete a practicum starting [Practicum Start Date].

I am reaching out to inquire if you might be interested in serving as my preceptor. The requirements for the preceptor are as follows:

A Master's degree in Nursing

An unencumbered nursing license

At least two years of experience in the field

Given your background and expertise in public health/nursing, I believe you would be an excellent mentor and guide during my practicum.

The practicum will involve [Briefly describe the focus of your practicum]. Your guidance and support would be invaluable in helping me achieve my learning objectives and gain practical experience in the field.

If you are available and willing to discuss this opportunity further, please let me know a convenient time to talk or meet. I would be happy to provide any additional information you may need.

Thank you very much for considering my request. I look forward to the possibility of learning from you.

Warm regards,

[Your Full Name] [Your Contact Information] [Your GCU Student ID]

By following these steps and utilizing available resources, you should be able to find a suitable preceptor for your practicum. Good luck!

Nurse Beth