The need for neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) preceptors has never been greater. Precepting is a professional responsibility with both rewards and challenges. The recent pandemic has brought about new challenges, not the least of which is burnout from clinical, learner, and environmental demands. A new educational model from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National Task Force outlines educational and preceptor requirements aimed at improving the advanced practice educational experience for students and preceptors. Available research provides evidence of what preceptors value and how to develop best practices with academic institutions to advocate for their students. This article will discuss new nursing educational models and the role of the NNP preceptor and analyze current best practices in preceptor recruitment and retention while discussing national trends impacting personal and professional NNP practices.
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