Nancy Sloan, Pharm.D., is pharmacy Preceptor of the Year

by Kalani Simpson, UNMC public relations | May 30, 2013

Image with caption: Nancy Sloan, Pharm. D.

Nancy Sloan, Pharm. D.

Nancy Sloan, Pharm.D., is a different kind of preceptor.

To start with, she classifies visiting students by Myers-Briggs analysis personality type, so she knows how best to communicate with each of them.

Who does something like that?

Said one student, "She was possibly the kindest person that I have ever met."

Hold on.

Now, that's a pretty grand statement. How does a preceptor -- a professional practitioner who mentors students during their rotations -- earn that level of praise?

Said another student, "She has a way of instructing without making her students seem incompetent."

Oh.

OK, that's pretty good.

"(Students) are a constant stimulus to keep learning, they are very helpful with projects, and they are my main 'tech resource' for staying current with 'clinical tools' on my iPod!"

Nancy Sloan. Pharm.D.

And so, Dr. Sloan was named its Preceptor of the Year at the UNMC College of Pharmacy's 2013 Spring Honors Convocation and hooding ceremony.

Dr. Sloan is an alumnus of UNMC. She's currently interim director of pharmacy and assistant director of clinical services at the Regional Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Neb.

"Students are always great to have at our hospital," Dr. Sloan said. "They are a constant stimulus to keep learning, they are very helpful with projects, and they are my main 'tech resource' for staying current with 'clinical tools' on my iPod!

"Historically, we have recruited many students who are now clinical pharmacists at our hospital."

"Her rotation made me actually think I could love hospital pharmacy," one nominating student said.

That's what a good preceptor can do.

Dr. Sloan does this not just for UNMC students, but also for P4s from Creighton, the University of Wyoming, South University in Georgia, the University of Arizona and South Dakota. She's previously earned preceptor awards from Auburn and Wyoming.

"I am very thankful to be involved with precepting students," she said.

She's also participated in the Rural Health Education Network activities. She's been licensed not only in Nebraska, but also previously in Iowa, Alabama, Texas and New York.

And her pharmacy students from UNMC can't say enough.

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