Shortage of Nurse Practitioner Preceptors - page 2

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Is there a national shortage of Nurse Practitioners who are willing to precept? I am finding it very difficult to find a preceptor, MD's are very quick to offer what they have, unfortunately as a NP student I have to have a... Read More


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    Ashonman-I too had the same issue here in Oregon. It delayed me a full 6mos because I simply could not find one who would commit the the amount of hours to precept. I also had a few preceptors that simply did not work out. I did try one with a physician-but she was so controlling that I could not progress to the point where I could take a few patients and, with her assistance, manage them. I also did what would have been a great rotation with a geriatric NP that rounded in 3 nursing homes-he would have been great to be with-but he was so overworked that it wasn't helpful for him to take on a student. So even if you find one, sometimes it doesn't go as planned. In the end I found a fantastic preceptor at Kaiser Perm-and absolutely loved the experience. Keep at it-persistance and keeping a positive outlook is a must. Don't get discouraged! Hang in there.
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    Quote from ashonman
    Is there a national shortage of Nurse Practitioners who are willing to precept? I am finding it very difficult to find a preceptor, MD's are very quick to offer what they have, unfortunately as a NP student I have to have a FNP/NP for at least 50% of my 704 hrs. As Nurses/NPs we are asking and fighting for autonomy but not willing to help train more NPs to fight this cause. It is so easy for PA's to have their rotations lined up for them but can not do that for nursing? I am seeing more and more schools (Not just online schools) shifting that responsibility onto students. I love my school, great state school; but this issue of finding preceptors on our own bothers me, and they tell you today, when school starts in 10 days. However, if we are unable to find one, then "the school will step in". I just don't get it! I taught undergrad was difficult with unreasonable demands, but graduate school too? Are nurses in a way still eating their young? or now they are just putting hot sauce on it!
    I am a Family Nurse Practitioner working in NC and recently responded to a survey (?) or a poll (?) from one of the professional advanced NP organizations (ancc) or (acnp) or (ana-np specific)...well anyway, I responded that I'd be happy to precept-any student that needed my time or guidance. THE REASON: Because I remember how difficult it was (12 years ago) to find willing preceptors...or even to approach a colleague to mention that I needed a preceptor. Reviewing these posts, makes me feel that some of us "older birds" have forgotten how difficult it was to build that first nest. If any of us more experienced "older birds" are reading this and would like to search our memory banks for what it was like to acquie preceptors when "we were back in time", please feel free to respond or post somewhere on this forum that you'd be glad to precept or you know a fellow NP who'd be willing to precept.

    I'd love to precept....please respond. I am in NC in the Triad region-working in ED. Have no fear-I do not bark-I have not eaten anything young in years...well except my morning eggs!
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    Amen to this thread. I ended up in some fortunate situations as a student, but there was some real stressful moments trying to get a site lined up. Our "Consensus Model" should include a little consensus on standardizing our educational system. I would probably have to re-think my position on the entry-to-practice issue if that level of education offered a single national curriculum and standards.
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    Does anyone know any preceptors in Dayton, Oh
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    I have to agree, we do need more NP preceptors. It also goes to show you that some NP students make it worse for the rest of the NP students. Meaning, I had a MD friend of mine precept me, but he was telling me that in his office, a student before me from a different school, stole from the office. He worked with other physicians, so it was not his office. anyway, they were hesitant to allow for any further precepting. Its disgusting. Why would a future NP steal????? Good luck and keep your faith!
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    Where I am, doctors are paid for preceptorship,
    We are unpaid volunteers.
    Students tend to slow me down when the workload we are juggling
    is becoming increasingly heavy.

    I no longer accept students that aren't in their last 2 clinical placemts.
    who don't have a solid foundation of health assessment skills and pharmacology
    and pathophys under their belt. Inpatient acute care is exactly that....time is
    of the essence!


    Having said that, I do feel a professional responsiblility to mentor and precept NP students.
    I had to find my own preceptors in my NP program: NPs and MDs so I have never forgotten
    how that felt like and how grateful I was to my preceptors.
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    Where I am, doctors are paid for preceptorship,<br>We are unpaid volunteers.<br>Students tend to slow me down when the workload we are juggling<br>is becoming increasingly heavy.<br><br>I no longer accept students that aren't in their last 2 clinical placemts.<br>who don't have a solid foundation of health assessment skills and pharmacology<br>and pathophys under their belt.&nbsp; Inpatient acute care is exactly that....time is<br>of the essence!<br><br><br>Having said that, I do feel a professional responsiblility to mentor and precept NP students.<br>I had to find my own preceptors in my NP program: NPs and MDs so I have never forgotten<br>how that felt like and how grateful I was to my preceptors.
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    ..............
    Last edit by schindia on Mar 16, '12
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    Please help. i live in the charlotte area, NC and desperately in need of a preceptor. I am in my final semester of school and I am badly in need of an FNP or CNM. please help me. I just need one day a week. (8hrs). Your help will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
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    Hello,

    I am located in NC and I am looking for a preceptor for my FNP program, from Graceland University. I need a pediatric rotation of 241 hours, an internal medicine rotation of 241 hours and I have my person for Family Practice right now, or I can swap them out for Internal medicine. It looks like you are willing to help. Are you a NP, FNP or PNP? I am located ouside of Durham, where are you located?


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