Program Descriptions


The Center for Professional Excellence and Inquiry Simulation Center at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford serves to promote continued dissemination of best practices amongst all of our clinicians and allied health care team members. We constantly strive to improve safety outcomes for our patients. This is achieved by continually demonstrating the validity of medical simulation as a competency-assessment evaluation tool. Our overarching goal is to provide exemplary, innovative patient care and experiences through exacting, evidence-based simulation and training.

Preceptor (Clinical Nurse)

This fun, interactive workshop focuses on the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to provide a safe, warm and inviting atmosphere for onboarding new staff and employees. You will learn the roles and responsibilities required of a preceptor, verify your competency in these areas, identify ways to assess critical thinking in your preceptee, practice giving and receiving constructive feedback, improve your communication skills, learn conflict resolution and discuss ethical principles often encountered within the precepting relationship.

Preceptor (Advanced Practice Provider)

Advanced practice providers (APP) may voluntarily precept APP students. We have a robust process for review of student placement. We also organize an annual APP precepting workshop designed to provide APPs with tools to better understand roles and responsibilities of APP preceptors, assess preceptor learning needs, promote critical thinking in the preceptee and strategies to provide constructive feedback.


To enhance our professional development opportunities for our clinical nurses, our mentoring program encourages team members to express their interest and goals regarding a mentoring relationship, identifies potential mentors in the organization, and provides mentees with a structured process to track their progress. Evidence shows that when the organization provides support through executive sponsorship and a formal process, the benefits of mentoring increase substantially for both the mentees and mentors and, ultimately, for our patients and families. The mentoring program uses an innovative online platform that consists of webinars, learning modules and a wealth of resources. The goal of the mentoring program is to provide team members with support, guidance and growth in their professional development journey.