Episode 120 Being a WOC Nurse Preceptor

On this episode of WOCTalk, we explore the essential role of preceptors in WOC nursing with three experienced WOC nurse educators: Lori Borja, Kelly Jaszarowski, and Debra Netsch. Discover the requirements, roles, and responsibilities of being a preceptor, and learn how students can make the most of their precepting experience. Our experts share tips on the benefits of precepting, strategies for new preceptors to get students more hands-on involved, and how students can find a preceptor. Whether you’re a seasoned nurse or a student, this episode provides valuable insights and practical advice.

Episode Resources:
Click here for information on the WOCN-accredited nursing education programs.
Click here to view Preceptor FAQs about becoming a WOC nurse preceptor, how to get started with new students, information about roles and responsibilities, and more.
Click here to search the Preceptor Directory to find a WOC preceptor in your area.
Click here to view information on WOCN Society membership options.
Click here to view the WOCN Society annual scholarship information.

About the Speakers:
Lori Borja, MSN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, has been a certified WOC nurse for over 24 years, with experience in all care settings. She ran a nurse-led outpatient ostomy clinic where she conducted pre-op teaching, stoma-site marking, post-op care, and managed stomal and peristomal complications. Lori has extensive experience in program development and nursing education in the clinical setting. She has been a Clinical Instructor at the Emory University WOC Nursing Education Program since 2014 and the Program Director since 2019.
Kelly Jaszarowski, MSN, RN, CNS, ANP, CWOCN, WOCNF, earned her BSN degree in 1989 from Sangamon State University (now known as the University of Illinois Springfield) and her MSN in 1997 with a specialization in adult primary health care. She became a CETN (now known as a CWOCN) in 1990. With over 30 years of nursing experience and more than 30 years as a CWOCN, Kelly has precepted both nursing and WOC nursing students.

Kelly has practiced in various settings, including acute care, home healthcare, extended care, assisted living, and outpatient facilities. Currently, she is an independent WOC consultant with mid-level provider status in local facilities and serves as a legal nurse consultant. She has taught nursing and WOC nursing, lectured locally and nationally, and been published. Kelly has also been active in numerous professional organizations, serving on the Board of the WOCN and the Mideast Chapter. She is a Past President of both the Mideast Chapter and the WOCN Society. Kelly has been an educator with the Cleveland Clinic – R. B. Turnbull, Jr. MD WOC Nursing Education Program for over 10 years and is the current Program Director.

Debra Netsch, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CWOCN-AP, CFCN, has been a WOC nurse for over 38 years, with 26 of those years also as a Nurse Practitioner. She has taught with the WEB WOC® Nursing Education Program for over 23 years and is Co-Director and the ANCC Approved Provider Program Director. Debra has published numerous clinically relevant textbook chapters and articles. She has a passion for ostomy care and teaching.