Maureen Richardson, RN, FNP
Maureen Richardson has provided clinical experience for Nurse Practitioner students for the past 44 years, most recently at Highland Family Medicine. After retiring in Spring 2018, she shared her thoughts on the precepting role.
Why do you choose to precept?
It helps us [nurse practitioners at Highland Family Medicine] to keep up with current new information and best practice changes. We are so proud to have been a part of extraordinary changes in our profession and are fortunate to have made a contribution.
Did you graduate from a UR Nursing program? Does that impact how you mentor our current students?
I graduated from the University of Rochester Nurse Practitioner pediatric certificate program in 1974 and returned for an MS in nursing in family practice in 1989. I began precepting students— first in RN programs at various colleges in the area— when I worked for the Anthony Jordan Health center after 1974. We appreciate the opportunity to give back to our own School of Nursing and to support the education of future generations of nurses.
What advice would you give to clinicians or health care leaders who are considering precepting or new to the mentor role?
Learning is always a two way street and we benefit from the enthusiasm and commitment of the students and in many cases, their own previous expertise or recent learning. These students work one to one with us and have a longitudinal experience to appreciate the depth and complexity of caring for families in all settings and over a span of time. This is preparation for the real world of caregiving!