A centralized, computerized, and relational data base for student clinical placements

Mary Kathleen Lears, Sharon J. Olsen, Candis Morrison, Judith A. Vessey

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Quality clinical experiences are a critical component of advanced practice nursing (APN) curricula. Historically, nursing instructors coordinated both the didactic and clinical components of a course. Increasingly, course coordinators organize the didactic component, and external preceptors working in the clinical setting function as practicuum teachers. Both scenarios involve labor-intensive processes, and neither facilitate the scheduling of clinical experiences that build on progressive learning across the student's curriculum. A centralized, computerized, relational data base for efficient management of APN preceptors and students across the curriculum was designed. One master's-prepared clinical coordinator maintains the data base and performs all related functions. This system offers numerous benefits to students, preceptors, faculty, and nursing school, including balanced and progressively complex clinical learning experiences for students from competent preceptors; consistent interface with students and preceptors; faculty relief from time-consuming tasks; rapid generation of a variety of tables, rosters, and reports; consistent tracking of preceptor evaluations; timely acknowledgment of preceptor assistance; and efficient communication among students, preceptors, faculty, and school administration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-101
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Advanced practice nurse
  • Clinical
  • Computer
  • Data base
  • Preceptor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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