On March 12, Binghamton University’s Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences expressed gratitude to the physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other clinicians who provide instruction, training, and supervision to student nurse practitioners (NPs) at Decker during their clinical experiences.
Known as preceptors, nearly three dozen of these healthcare professionals from New York and Pennsylvania attended Decker’s sixth annual Preceptor Appreciation Day. The day-long event is usually held in person, but was held via Zoom this year at the request of practitioners.
Preceptor Appreciation Day opened with Nicole Rouhana, MS ’95, PhD ’11, assistant professor of nursing and director of graduate nursing programs at Decker College. Highlights of Rouhana’s message include:
- Decker College continues to roll out additional academic programs in its new School of Rehabilitation Sciences. This includes a minor in the Speech-Language Pathology Division (this minor was launched in 2021 and already has 100 students), as well as developing programs in the Occupational Therapy Division and Physical Therapy Division.
- A master’s degree in public health is offered by Decker’s Division of Public Health, part of the college’s School of Applied Health Sciences.
- In May 2021, Decker successfully graduated 86 IP students in its four specialty tracks, with 51 students in the Family Nursing track, nine in Adult-Gerontological Nursing, 22 in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and six in Nursing in community Health.
Decker has 27 fully-funded students in its Human Resource Services Administration (HRSA) Advanced Nurse Education Workforce (ANEW) scholarship program. These are NP students from rural New York and Pennsylvania who intend to practice in a rural area after completing their degree program. Students are on track to graduate in the spring of 2023.
- Additionally, Decker plans to enroll 30 new students in the HRSA ANEW scholarship program in the fall.
Rouhana then introduced the first speaker of the day, Wendy Wright, an adult and family nurse practitioner. A sought-after speaker, Wright is an international provider of continuing education for NP certification preparation as well as the owner of two NP-run clinics and a medical education company. She is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions and acts as a consultant to various companies.
Wright presented three topics: Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis: latest treatment options; Pharmacological management of diabetic patients in 2022; and The latest in treating depression and anxiety in primary care.
Lucy Wilkening was the second speaker. She is an Associate Clinical Professor in the College of Pharmacy at Idaho State University (ISU), where she teaches in the Department of Clinical Psychopharmacology and provides mental health treatment to clients at ISU’s Integrated Mental Health Clinic. Wilkening is also editor of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists’ peer-reviewed publication, the mental health clinician.
Wilkening presented Dual Diagnosis: Pharmacotherapeutic Considerations in Clients with Concurrent Disorders.
The event ended with a panel discussion featuring Wright and Wilkening.
In recognition of their efforts on behalf of Decker College, participants received 6.5 hours of free continuing professional nursing education.
Decker College’s Preceptor Appreciation Day event was made possible by the college’s HRSA ANEW grant.