Tis the season to start figuring out where I want to precept! The problem is, any unit that I have come to enjoy during my clinical times is not an area where we are "allowed" to precept in (i.e. OB, OR, Peds). My school's rationale for this is that the NCLEX is more acute-care focused, and as such so our preceptorships will be. I was also told that areas like OR, OB, and peds require more advanced training, yet we are allowed to precept in the ICU...hmmm.
I am limited to Medsurg, tele, ICU, cardiac step-down, and the ER for precepting. Unfortunately, the majority of nurses on these units in the hospital where my clinicals are at just aren't at all receptive to having students, so my clinical experience on these units hasn't been particularly enjoyable (even though I am the type that hounds them for things to do and watches call lights like a hawk).
My questions for RN's and students alike are:
Where does/did your school allow you to precept?
Did they allow students to apply for areas that aren't commonly used and make decisions on a case by case basis?
Any recommendations for me on which unit is most likely to provide the best experiences that will aid me as a new grad?
I hope I don't sound like a whining student because that's not my objective!
I honestly want to make the best of my preceptorship where ever I end up.