Event Recap: Clinical Faculty and Preceptor Academy (CFPA) Summit

Jun 14, 2023

On June 14, 2023, the Pennsylvania Action Coalition (PA-AC), The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (NNCC), and the Geisinger School of Nursing hosted participants from around the country at the Clinical Faculty and Preceptor Academy (CFPA) Summit following the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers’ Annual Conference in Arlington, VA.

The Summit provided an opportunity to engage in discussion around the advancement of training, preparation, and availability of clinical nursing faculty and preceptors. The PA-AC, NNCC, and Geisinger shared updates from the CFPA program, convened a panel that discussed how the CFPA will be an asset to academia and clinical practice, and shared a sample of the curriculum.

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Welcome from NNCC and PA-AC

Geisinger Reviews Year 1 and 2

PA-AC Reviews Year 3 and 4

Panel: Academic Perspective with Fallon Hughes

Panel: Clinical Practice Perspective with Amanda Cresswell

Q&A for Speakers
Snack Break
Curriculum Module Sharing
Feedback and Q&A
Wrap Up and Closing

Insights from Panelists:

 "Significant generational factors are important to understand in order to create and develop crucial conversations for future growth amongst preceptors and students.”
Amanda Cresswell MSN, BSN, RN
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Amanda Cresswell's Bio

  • Amanda Cresswell, MSN, BSN, RN is the Vice President of Nursing Professional Development, Magnet and Research at Geisinger, one of the nation’s largest health care organizations. Prior to joining the Geisinger family, Amanda held roles in other healthcare systems such as Chief Nursing Officer and System Director of Clinical Excellence.
"The gap between the supply and demand for nurse faculty to educate the new generations of nurses will continue and likely widen."
Fallon Hughes DNP, RN, NPD-BC
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Fallon Hughes's Bio

  • Fallon Hughes DNP, RN, NPD-BC is the Senior Director of Nursing Practice, Innovation, Research & EBP at WellSpan Health. Fallon has served as the Director of Nursing Education and Professional Development at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, overseeing a large Nursing Professional Development staff of 37. In addition, Fallon has worked as an adjunct faculty member for Harrisburg Area Community College and The Pennsylvania State University. Her clinical background is in adult oncology for which she served as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist for a number of years.

A Few Special Moments from the 2023 CFPA Summit:

About the CFPA Project

The Pennsylvania Action Coalition (PA-AC), a program of National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (NNCC), and Geisinger have partnered to address nursing faculty and instructor shortages by creating Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention Clinical Faculty and Preceptor Academies (NEPQR-CFPAs). The collaborative will execute the program with funds awarded by the U.S Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), CDFA#93.359.

The purpose of the NEPQR-CFPA is to take steps to fill the faculty/instructor gap in schools of nursing and increase nursing workforce retention by leveraging staff nurses to participate as skilled preceptors and clinical instructors. The PA-AC and Geisinger, alongside numerous academic and health system partners, will build academic-clinical-community partnerships that develop and implement comprehensive and self-guided nurse education training curricula. The project will focus on HHS Region 3 (including Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.) to build a formal nurse education training curriculum to train clinical faculty and preceptors.

The Clinical Faculty and Preceptor Advisory Board is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $4 million dollars with no percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.