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Teresa Ann Wolber named 2011 Preceptor of the Year

For immediate release
Date:    December 20, 2011
Contact:   Ashley Wiggin- Communications and Marketing Officer, aaw4@uw.edu, 206-221-2456

SEATTLE- Teresa "Terri" Ann Wolber, DNP, APRN-BC, FNP, has been named the University of Washington School of Nursing's 2011 Clinical Preceptor of the Year. She has served as a preceptor for over 30 years, often for 2-3 quarters a year. Terri completed her DNP degree at UW in 2009, and has been a Family Nurse Practitioner at Pacific Medical Clinics in Seattle since 1986. While completing her DNP, Terri focused on the development of a generalist RN based nurse case management program for patients with diabetes which was adopted throughout her organization.

“I enjoy precepting because I can really focus on the needs of that student as they develop into an Nurse Practitioner,” she said.  “Last year, I developed a clinical “mini-residency” for a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student, including experiences with specialists in the clinic and the opportunity to complete her doctoral capstone project at the clinic. This student was hired by my own organization – the first Nurse Practitioner hired in primary care by the organization in years. An outcome like this makes all the hours worthwhile.”

 Preceptors have long played a major role in the education of both undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Washington School of Nursing. Preceptors act as mentors to School of Nursing students who are performing rotations at clinical sites around the area and oversee the practice of these students at their clinical sites. These preceptors are often School of Nursing Alumni, who volunteer their time to assist in the education of the next generation of nurses.

Teresa received her BSN at the University of Michigan in 1975 and completed her Master’s degree at the UW in 1979 in the FNP specialty. She worked with underserved populations in Washington and Alaska before taking a position at Pacific Medical Clinic in 1995 where she served for 5 years as Chief of Family Practice.

You can learn more about Terri and this award here.

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