Nurturing the Future of Nursing: Empowering, Elevating, and Enlightening

Our Story

Fostering the next generation of nurses by connecting nurses to their purpose/professional identity, training to elevate and empower the nursing workforce, and raising awareness through human stories


To develop a comprehensive academic and clinical nursing preceptor curriculum to support and advocate for the evolving nursing workforce.


To be the most trusted and respected provider of innovative, relevant, sustainable nursing preceptor curriculum and educational resources through collaborative clinical and community partnerships.

Grant Details and Takeaways

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Workforce Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention

FY 2022 NEPQR Clinical Faculty and Preceptor Academies Program Awards | Bureau of Health Workforce (

1 Harnessing Innovation, Technology, Business, and Advocacy

There is a need to use the strength of innovation, technology, business development, and advocacy, in addition to developing high quality educational resources, to adequately address this most pressing issue plaguing the nursing profession.  

2 Prioritizing Wellbeing and Patient Safety

It is critical that continuous improvement of training for the clinical environment occurs, to include wellbeing, resiliency, and burnout, as the safety of patients is at stake.

3 Enhancing Care: Social Determinants, Cultural Competence

Clinical educator and preceptor training must include elements of social determinants of health and cross cutting elements of culturally competent care. 

4 A Key Strategy to Enhance Clinical Faculty Recruitment

The issue of faculty incentives and employment packages is critical in raising the number of nurses willing to transition to clinical faculty status.   

5 Enhancing Preceptor Support: Advanced Tool and Resources

A more advanced method to house and disseminate tools and resources to allow for easy access for preceptors in the clinical setting in a highly organized way is imperative.

6 Preceptor Remuneration: Productivity & Policy Complexities

Centralized coordination and advocacy are crucial in resolving productivity challenges and organizational policies that complicate renumeration for otherwise willing preceptors. 

7 Building Bridges: Addressing Nursing Infrastructure Barriers

There is a need to remove infrastructure barriers through collaborative academic-clinical community partnerships who recognize the collective benefit.

8 Equity in Clinical Placements and Preceptor Treatment

There is a need to bring overall productivity and training costs to policy makers who can rebalance the equity of clinical placements and treatment of preceptors across the state and region.  

9 Building Resilience: Well-being and Burnout in Nursing

As the nursing profession recovers from the strain of post pandemic stressors and rapid turnover, consideration for methods to increase resiliency, promote well-being, identify burnout, and teach methods of self-care must occur.  

10 Maximizing Efforts: Administrative Relief & Site Procurement

Existing efforts to address the need for relief from the administrative burden and site procurement across the state and beyond must be leveraged to amplify successful resolution of barriers.

Leadership Team Members

Heidi Keeler

PhD, MSN/MBA, RN Project Director

Kelly Gonzales

PhD, APRN-NP, FNP-C Implementation Co-Lead

Jill Reed

PhD, APRN-NP, FNP-C Implementation Co-Lead

Teresa Hultquist

PhD, MSN, RN, PHCNS-BC, NE-BC  Evaluation Lead

Renee Paulin

MSN, RN, CWOCN Professional Development Lead

Nate Beacom

BSBA Administrative Lead

Maninder Hora


Lauren Loyd

MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CNE Preceptor Workforce Coordinator

Sally Heusinkvelt


Courtney Smith

MBA Educational Projects Coordinator

Louriann Nieman

MEd Instructional Designer