I'm trying to decide between a variety of options for my BSN, and this issue of precepted clinical hours recently emerged as a potential factor in my selection process.
This occurred after I spoke with a senior nurse recruiter and and a nurse who evaluates new grad applications for a local hospital, both in Northern California where I currently live and plan to look for work. Both of them said that one of the most important things that they look at to determine if the person is a good fit for the unit or program is the applicant's precepted clinical hours. If the person had a preceptorship (capstone, integrated practicum, etc.) in a similar unit with comparable acuity and adequate hours, the applicant was more likely to get the job.
Okay, so I called all of the programs that I either had been accepted to or hoped to be accepted to and asked about this. Guess what? They didn't have any idea offhand. And the info appears nowhere on their websites, or even in their student handbooks. I had to email and wait for weeks sometimes to get a response. Three schools haven't responded to my question and they offered me admission!
So.. what's the deal? If this is such an important factor, why is this information so difficult to find?
And more importantly, should I weigh the precepted clinical hours heavily in my decision? The BSN and ABSN programs that have responded to my question and offered me admission have
- 180 out of 940 total (ABSN)
- 240 out of 870 overall (BSN)
- 360 over 1170 overall (ABSN)
Thanks in advance for your guidance. I sure could use it!