Please pick the department that you precept in very carefully!!!!! Do some research!!! You will be so excited when you get to pick, nursing school is almost over!! Your nursing school will not tell you that the hospital/department you precept in can help you get a JOB after school.!!!
I was given no advice from my school or my nursing program, so I decided to precept in the NICU of a large hospital system in the West Valley. Now whenever I go into an interview I am pegged by managers as a Nurse that only wants to work with Babies. Meanwhile I have seen all my friends from my nursing class that precepted in Tele, or ICU, or Med Surge have been picked up by the Units that they precepted in.
I know their are a lot of Nursing students that would love to precept in WIS, or L&D, NICU, or PICU....!!!! Be careful these departments at this time in the economy are not really hiring NEW GRADS!
I just wanted to take a minute to write this down, I am 6 months into my job search. I thought that graduating would be the hard part. In reality it is not. I really wish my nursing program would have been more helpful!!! I would have precepted in Tele if I would have know it would have helped me get a job in the future..
When you finish school don't get frustrated... Just keep trying and trying, your job will come eventually!!! It will take some time in this economy.
A helpful friend!!