Our Vision

To be the preeminent leader in advancing preceptors through certification and meaningful recognition of preceptor specialty practice.

Our Mission

To partner with leaders and preceptors who seek recognition and specialty certification through nationally accepted standards of practice and performance for preceptors to positively impact the many complexities and challenges within academia, clinical settings, and work places.

Our Core Values

Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Intent-Based Leadrship, Competence, Compassion, Relationship, Stewardship, Creativity, Wisdom

Our Leadership

Diana Swihart, PhD

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner

Founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Executive Officer for the American Academy for Preceptor Advancement. She is changing the way nurses conceptualize and implement preceptorships through shared governance, transforming preceptoring into its own specialty practice by bringing together thought leaders in healthcare and education to build practice certifications for preceptors.

Dr. Swihart is also a Healthcare Strategist and Consulting Partner for the Forum for Shared Governance. Her advocacy activities advance Preceptor Specialists through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of practice excellence, competence, and improved quality of care.

Dr. Swihart completed her doctorates at Trinity Theological Seminary and College of the Bible in New Mexico and Indiana and her Masters and Advanced Practice Clinical Specialist in Advanced Psych/Mental Health Nursing degrees at University of New Mexico. Her tools, processes, preceptor books, guidelines for preceptees, programs, and presentations have generated a renewed consciousness for connecting such innovations with professional, organizational, and clinical outcomes through research and shared governance. Nurses can now more easily gain administrative and fiscal support for implementing formal preceptorships and programs based on constructural and conceptual clarity across practice settings, thereby expanding their already significant roles and influence.

Solimar Figueroa, PhD

Clinical Collaborations  & Research

Dr. Figueroa brings 33 years of experience in her professional nursing practice. Now a Clinical Educator II, her practice emanated from the Philippines, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Canada, and the United States. Dr. Figueroa’s experience includes the position of an operating room nurse, operating room in charge, director of nursing, chief nursing officer, assistant director of nursing, and clinical educator. She also serves continually as a preceptor specialist, a role that is very close to her heart.

Dr. Figueroa is a contributing author to Shared Governance, A Practical Approach to Transform Professional Nursing Practice, 2nd edition (2011), and co-author of The Preceptor Program Builder: Essential Tools for a Successful Preceptor Program (2014). Dr. Figueroa has done numerous poster and podium presentations nationally and internationally. Currently, she is facilitating the cultural shift of her organization’s competency assessment through a unit based competency approach utilizing the unit practice council and shared governance.

Currently, Dr. Figueroa is a clinical educator/preceptor liaison at Baptist Health South Florida in Miami, Florida. She is a primary researcher and author for Stabilizing and Retaining a Quality Nursing Workforce through the Use of the Married State Preceptorship Model. She presents nationally on the Married State Preceptorship Model, a one-on-one preceptoring model she developed for new nurses’ transitions in practice settings. Her model was published in The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. She serves as an ANCC appraiser and has her Masters in Nursing and Health Care Administration and her PhD in Nursing.


Honoree Caballos, MBA

Clinical Collaborations

is a Clinical Nurse Educator in a Healthcare facility in South Florida. She had been in nursing practice for 26 years. Her background stems from Critical Care Nursing, Intermediate Care, and Neuroscience Nursing. Her specialization is clinical nursing education.

With all those years of clinical practice, she had experienced being a nurse preceptor, and unit nurse educator. Her active involvement in preceptorship program and nurse residency program increased her passion, and dedication for development and transformation of nurses as they advance in their career. She had lived as a preceptor specialist; her certification through Portfolio had been helpful for her advancement and development in clinical education. She had facilitated conferences for preceptorship council, published her preceptor story in www.preceptoracademy.com, and had been a contributing author for Nurses Primer in Building Portfolio Book.