Since 2013 the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has recognized April as National Preceptor Month. This month is dedicated not only to raise awareness of the need for preceptors, but also to thank the practitioners who go out of their way to mentor and train students in their workplace through a supervised practice.
Without preceptors, Registered Dietitians would not exist.
During National Preceptor Month, students and program directors will join in to thank their preceptors. To see what students and programs across the country are doing to thank their preceptors during National Preceptor Month click here.
Outstanding Preceptor Awards
In honor of preceptors and in request of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics now funds seven awards to recognize preceptors who are exemplary educators and mentors. This year’s Outstanding Preceptor Award Winners can be found on the Academy’s website (click here). They will be recognized at the Academy Member Showcase and the NDEP Member Meetings at FNCE this year.
How are the Winners Selected?
Every year in January, a survey link is sent out to program directors to begin collecting preceptor nominations within their program. Nominations are collected and the winners are chosen by the NDEP selection committees for each area. Winners are announced in April during National Preceptor Month.
Supply and Demand for Preceptors
Currently, there is a high demand for preceptors! All other regulated professions in the United States that require supervised practice, avoid shortages of entry-level supervised practice by providing both education and supervised practice within one education program (nursing, teaching, etc.). However, the majority of dietetic students must obtain their entry-level supervised practice by applying to a post-graduate program, often without the benefit of professional recognition through a graduate-level degree.
What About the Need for Registered Dietitians?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for Registered Dietitians will increase by 9 percent by 2018, however, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics believes that even more RDs will be needed due to the on-going U.S. health crisis.
Interested in Becoming a Preceptor?
Click here to register to potentially become a preceptor or contact an ACEND representative at firstname.lastname@example.org.