Precepting GVSU Students
Thank you for being a preceptor. As a preceptor with Grand Valley, you are looked upon as a teacher and mentor. Due to the fact that GVSU students are highly motivated to learn, being a teacher and mentor to our students is extremely rewarding. Preceptors not only provide students with an invaluable exposure to the "real world" of health care, but also influence the opinions and attitudes the students carry throughout their career.
How Preceptors Help Students
As a preceptor, you will provide both teaching and professional role modeling for the student. Preceptors supervise students' clinical activities and monitor their educational process. Specifically, you will assign patients, observe clinical skills, review documentation and serve as a resource for clinical questions and guidance.
How Preceptors Benefit
Clinical teaching encourages you to seek out and organize new knowledge. Yet, in spite of thorough preparation, students will push your expertise to its limits and compel you to reflect on your own limitations. Engaging in this process regularly can result in greater learning than teaching, making you a better clinician and providing patients with overall better quality of care.
In addition to the personal satisfaction of preparing the next generation of skilled workers, there are professional and personal incentives that Grand Valley State University offers in return for sharing your invaluable expertise with our students. The Preceptor Perks program is specifically designated for our preceptors with the hope that you will take advantage of all it has to offer.
To receive any of the following Preceptor Perks, please register using the following link: Preceptor Perks Registration Link
Please allow two weeks for activation of your account.
GVSU Bookstore Coupon - 20% off a GVSU imprinted item
GVSU Picture ID - Processed at either of the Student Assistant Centers:
- Downtown Campus - 115C DeVos Center Room
- Allendale Campus - 150 Student Services Building
GVSU Library Privileges - Preceptors may use their Grand Rapids Public Library card or Kent District Library card to check out materials at any of the GVSU libraries. With your GVSU user ID and password you will have access to the library's online databases.
GVSU Athletic Events - 50% off all GVSU athletic events with your GVSU ID
GVSU Fieldhouse - Receive free access to the GVSU Fieldhouse during the semester a preceptor is assigned a student with the option for immediate family members to purchase a membership at the reduced Alumni rate. Preceptors will receive a parking pass from Public Safety for their time of the membership. The preceptor will need to go to the GVSU Public Safety office with their preceptor appointment letter to pick up the parking permit.
The Meadows Golfcourse - Receive discounted greens fees Monday through Friday at The Meadows golf course in Allendale for Preceptors with a GVSU ID and up to three (3) guests; 18 holes for $22 per person or 9 holes for $15 per person.
GVSU Employee Community Discounts - Present your GVSU ID to the business at the time of purchase and follow any special instructions provided by the business.
Access to the GVSU Faculty/Staff YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids Corporate Membership Program.
Continuing Education Opportunities - Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants are welcome to attend Grand Rounds and will obtain CME credit through Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners (GRMEP).
Grand Valley's Social Work Continuing Education office offers most of their continuing education events at a discount to social work preceptors call 616.331.7180 for more information.
The educational links listed below are resources that provide on-line sources for preceptors to utilize. All of these continuing education modules are specific to the preceptor role or the preceptor/student relationship.
- Strategies in Clinical Teaching: University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita
- Precepting - The Chance to Shape Nursing's Future. This is a fee based continuing education online module.
- Intern and Preceptor Development: Vermont Nurses in Partnership