Clinical Preceptorship

Ms. Daphne Sharpe

Daphne Sharpe, RN, DNP, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Graduate Clinical Coordinator
601 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
F.L. Atkins Building
Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Winston-Salem State University educates students to become Family Nurse Practitioners who meet the primary care needs of individuals and families across the life span. Family Nurse Practitioners provide comprehensive, holistic health care, including a broad range of preventative, acute, and chronic disease services, to patients of both sexes and all ages within the context of family and community.

Primary Care is the provision of integrated, accessible healthcare services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community. (Institute of Medicine)

Students will learn how to practice autonomously and in collaboration with health care professionals and other individuals to assess, diagnose, treat and manage the patient's health care/needs. Students will learn to serve as health care researchers, interdisciplinary consultants and patient advocates.

Preceptors: Preceptors must be actively involved in clinical practice, nationally certified as an NP, NM, MD, PA, or ANE, and hold a master’s degree or higher with at least 1 year of clinical experience in the setting you are attending that semester.

Clinical Compliance: WSSU requires current documentation/proof of the following for ALL Graduate School of Nursing programs.

Required Upon Admission Required for Annual Renewal

· Immunizations
· Statement of physical fitness
· Criminal background check
· Drug screening
· Signed copy of the Clinical
  Confidentiality Agreement
  (HIPAA) form
· Nursing license
· BLS certification
· Liability insurance
· Negative TB status
· CPR certification
· HIPAA/OSHA education
· Flu Vaccine

· Nursing license
· BLS certification
· Liability insurance
· Negative TB status
· CPR certification
· HIPAA/OSHA education
· Flu Vaccine

Clinical Documentation Compliance Checklist 

Students are required to bring these documents to orientation for review/verification. Documents that are renewed yearly must be uploaded into Typhon by the student. Typhon is the computerize data management system utilized by the MSN program. Students pay a one-time fee of $80 for the Typhon system. Familiarize yourselves with Typhon Group Healthcare Solutions website. 

Along with your professional personal resources for clinical sites, the Nursing Careers in Allied Health, North Carolina Board of Nursing, and North Carolina Medical Board are helpful additional resources to begin your search for clinical sites. A clinical agency may require additional approval processes that must be met. 

Students will not be allowed to begin class or their clinical experiences until clinical compliance requirements are met and they are cleared by their WSSU assigned clinical faculty for the semester.

Clinical Preceptorships: Students are responsible for securing their own clinical sites.

There are four clinical preceptorships:

NUR 6423 Primary Health Care of Adults/Older Adults Practicum 
(Family Practice or internal medicine site) 
(192 clinical hours)
NUR 6327  Primary Health Care of Women in Families Practicum
(Family Practice or Ob/Gyn site) 
(144 clinical hours)
NUR 6326 Primary Health Care of Children in Families Practicum
(Family Practice or Pediatrics site)
(144 clinical hours)
NUR 6444 Residency Practicum
(Family Practice site)
(192 clinical hours) 

Be Prepared to Travel - The Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Charlotte areas are saturated with NP, PA, and MD programs. Additionally there is competition for sites from students in online programs. It is extremely difficult at times to find a clinical site in these areas. Your chances of finding a clinical site increase when you spread your borders. Be prepared to travel up to two hours from your home. Students should make medically underserved/rural populations are a priority when searching for clinical sites.

Students must begin looking for clinical sites for all four semesters as soon as they are accepted into the program. You must have as site secured prior to the beginning of the clinical course.

Please review the MSN Handbook for further details and remember that ALL correspondence with faculty, staff, preceptors, and clinical sites must be through your WSSU email.

Winston-Salem State University

601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000

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