Gwen DeLany, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, ANP
Nurse practitioner, Strong Memorial Hospital
Gwen DeLany has been a nurse practitioner since 1994. She precepts acute care and primary care nurse practitioner students who help care for patients and handle admissions and discharges. Here, she reflects on her experience:
Here, she reflects on her experience:
Why do you choose to precept?
There has been a massive growth in the number of nurse practitioners working in the hospital and the community over the last 20 years. Nurse practitioners are now doing more than ever. I want to be part of that growth and help develop the future. I enjoy seeing a new providers develop their skills.
What advice would you give to clinicians or health care leaders who are considering precepting?
I encourage you to give back to your profession. Sharing your experience may provide the student or new nurse practitioner the encouragement or a fresh perspective that they need.
What advice would you give to new nurse practitioners?
The first year is challenging with new experiences but you will continue to develop your expertise. Find a position that is rewarding and works with your life. Remember to balance work with time outside of work.