Preceptorship

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    I am pleading with all experienced NPs out there to help precept and train the up and coming NPs. We as nurses always call for equality and autonomy but I find it very disturbing that our leaders do not plan our education accordingly, there is some much discord in our education it does not send good vibes to other healthcare providers. When I decided to advance my education, I had so many MDs tell me to go to PA school instead and now one year into the program I probably should have listened. I have never heard of a PA, a pharmacist or a physical therapist finding their own preceptor. Yet NP students have to find their own, I went to a very respectable state school to elude this problem (and I will not put them on blast) and yet I find myself facing my worse fear.... looking for preceptorship.

    This is a call to all NPs, please post on this thread if you will like help precept a student, just post you city and state. I promise to never turn down a student because it a horrible experience to go through. So please I am pleading to you all that have the ability to precept an NP student to do so and let us all do something (Policies) about how NPs are trained.

    For starters if there is anybody in the NC who will like to precept please PM me your information if you do not want to post it. Thank you so much for your attention.
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    I agree, I got lucky and had a fantastic precepter! But finding one can be nervewracking!With the amount of money we pay to further our education it is redicolous that student s have to do this! I am in, I am in Houston PA, Internal Med, no peds, contact email jillpetersonarnp@gmail.com I am already attached to Duquesne in Pittsburgh. Good lucks all!
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    It may not be that NPs are unwilling: I have been an NP for 7 years and have volunteered to precept with every NP program in the area, and no one has asked me yet. I have also volunteered with NP students I have met.
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    I love precepting and have a student with me almost every semester the last couple of years. The schools here assign the students to us, they do not have to find their own (which is the way it should be). There are several schools that contact me every semester. Our nursing educator for the hospital does an excellent job with placing the students. The schools often contact her directly tell her how many students they have and she emails all of the APN's in our hospital and ask them to volunteer. She sets them up with all of their computer classes and everything they need so their first day, they can get into our EMR and get going. I agree, it is SO important to give back and precept students. I work in peds so our local schools have a whole peds hospital full of APN's that can help. We also share some students so they can have a bunch of experiences. Hope you are able to find one!!! Good Luck!
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    Thank you so much for those of you who are precepting and those that left information for NP students in your area to contact you...I am sure a student out there having a hard time finding a preceptor in your area will contact you. Again thanks! Any one in NC please PM me...
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    Please keep posting information here! As a future NP student who wil need to find their own preceptors, this resource will be invaluable. I truly feel we will all be totally indebted to you for your services. I hope one day to work as one in return as soon as I have enough experience. Its such a great role to take on as a mentor to Nurse Practitioner students.
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    Maybe this is contributing to the problem. As long as students are willing to pay tuition and turn around and grovel for preceptors, these schools will be perfectly pleased to let them continue to do so. Maybe if we stopped enrolling in the programs that don't provide preceptors, these educators would do something about it. I find it very unprofessional that we should be expected to secure our own preceptors and arrange our own clinical experiences while paying tuition for clinical hours.

    Also, we must remember that most NPs make $$$ by seeing more patients. Having a student slows them down, thus decreasing the amount they can bill which affects their bottom line. How can we expect them to do this to advance our profession when the very leaders that organized our education don't have a problem with the way things are? Instead, many choose to focus on DNP programs, Consensus Models, retiring certifications etc. when there is fundamental problem with the way NPs are educated across the country.

    P.S. I'm not trying to offend anyone here, especially the OP. I've just seen too many friends/colleagues saddled with the responsibility of organizing/obtaining their clinical training.
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    My locums placement in nH just precepted a psych np. agency and student had a good experience. Pm me for contact info.. Preceptor was a psychiatrist
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    Hello everyone,
    I am desperately looking for a preceptor in pediatrics and women health. My clinical site fell threw at the last moment, and this is my last semester in the fnp program. I am willing to travel from Florida City, Florida to Fort-Lauderdale, Florida. I also had to look for my own preceptor and it is the most horrible experience. I wish the schools would make it easier on the students.
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    Quote from CCRNDiva
    Maybe this is contributing to the problem. As long as students are willing to pay tuition and turn around and grovel for preceptors, these schools will be perfectly pleased to let them continue to do so. Maybe if we stopped enrolling in the programs that don't provide preceptors, these educators would do something about it. I find it very unprofessional that we should be expected to secure our own preceptors and arrange our own clinical experiences while paying tuition for clinical hours.
    I've got to agree. I think we need to stop putting up with crappy programs that don't provide students with practicum sites, it's utterly ridiculous. However, as long as people continue to insist on attending programs like this (usually because they're "flexible"), then it will remain a problem. I plan on precepting students when I graduate, but not students from programs that I think are hurting the profession.
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