Passing on a love of nursing through precepting
For many years, Luis Rosario-McCabe, NP, has stepped up and helped the School of Nursing by precepting students at Strong Memorial Hospital. His commitment is driven by the joy he derives from the experience itself as well as a sense of calling.
“I absolutely love it—without a doubt. It reminds me why I am a nurse. But I also know that there is a need for people who can do this and I like being able to help,” said Rosario-McCabe, who estimates that he has precepted well over 100 individuals.
He works one on one with students in both the master’s and accelerated programs as they move toward fulfilling their clinical requirements in women’s health. He said the biggest challenge for him is trying to make the experience meaningful.
“I don’t want it to just be about getting the hours in; I want them to learn the mechanics of a physical exam and appreciate the sensitivity they need to have. But I also really want them to like this as much as I do,” he said.
Rosaria-McCabe does indeed love his job. After earning his associate’s degree in 1989, he went to work in high-risk obstetrics. While working on his master’s degree at the School of Nursing, he was the assistant nurse manager of an outpatient women’s clinic at another local hospital. He came to Strong in 2003.
“I love patient care and I work with really nice people. I have the best job in the world,” said Rosario-McCabe, who also teaches women’s health care for primary care specialists and is a clinical instructor in obstetrics at Highland Hospital.
“Teaching keeps me up to date. I thought it would be difficult; I’m not an academic,” he said. “But when you’re talking about something you’ve been doing for 15 years, it’s like telling a story.”
Rosario-McCabe said he encourages his colleagues to precept. “Yes, it’s a commitment. But anyone in nursing can precept and share what they know,” he said. “I tell colleagues that doing it will keep them honest. You can’t just practice because that’s the way everyone else does—not when you have students. They want evidence. They bring you information on new things and afford you a new way of thinking. Precepting is rewarding on so many levels.”
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