Publication Date

Spring 5-7-2018

Document Type

Action research project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


In my action research study, I have looked closely at my transition into the role of the clinical placement coordinator for the nurse practitioner programs at the University of San Diego (USD). A role that is traditionally filled by clinical experts has been occupied by a student service professional and this study begins to provide solutions and strategies for navigating the role as an outsider of the nursing field. I have focused on challenges for identifying and retaining quality, appropriate community providers, referred to as preceptors, to volunteer as mentors to the students. I have also reintroduced myself as a valuable resource for advising and mentoring as an internal administrator. Using Coghlan and Brannick’s action research methods, I have sought out feedback from current students and preceptors to take the study through three cycles of reflection and change implementation. I used this knowledge gathering to identify ways to improve the levels of self-efficacy in student clinical experiences. I expect that students will enter clinical sites with a greater level of empowerment and will create a better mentoring experience for both themselves and these community providers.