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Tom Stone named 2012 Preceptor of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:    October 10, 2012
Media Contact:   Ashley Wiggin- Communications and Marketing Officer, aaw4@uw.edu, 206-221-2456

SEATTLE- Tom Stone, MN, ARNP, FNP-BC, has been named the University of Washington School of Nursing's 2012 Clinical Preceptor of the Year. He has mentored students since 1995 and has provided over 2700 hours of precepting for UW Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) students. Stone currently works at an NP-run primary care clinic and in the King County Youth Services Health Clinic, a 24-hour clinic that addresses healthcare needs of youth in the King County Juvenile Detention Center. Many of the youth served by the clinic have complex health care and psychosocial needs and receive limited to no outside healthcare.

“Learning from and sharing clinical time with graduate NP students has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my career,” said Stone.

Stone served as an Interpreter and Intelligence Specialist in the US Army for thirteen years, including service in Vietnam, earning the Meritorious Service medal and the Army Commendation medal. He is a member of the Department of Pediatrics at UW where he facilitates Adolescent Medicine training for pediatric and family medicine residents. His other educational experience includes teaching at Shoreline Community College in the nursing program and designing educational programs and presentations for staff as well as local and national healthcare audiences.

He is lauded by his students as a wonderful role model and teacher and a dedicated nurse who shares his knowledge in a way that enhances student learning.

"He is an amazing teacher and role model," said one of his students. "He helped me to be comforable with the challenges of a complex population.

Tom received his ADN at Angelo College in Texas and his BSN at UW in 1985. He also recieved his MN from the UW FNP pathway in 1991.

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.

You can learn more about  this award here.

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