I recently picked up a few shifts on a random floor at the heart hospital where I work (I work in another hospital there, in psych). It turns out that I LOVE the floor. The heart hospital is somewhat unique in that it has 7 floors and they are divided by specific types of heart problems (cath lab, heart failure, eletrophysiology, post-ops, etc). Each floor may have a med/surg type patient, a step down type patient, or an ICU type patient. If a patient improves or goes south, the room does not change - that room just becomes an ICU room for example. So I love the variety. I have worked a few shifts on the heart failure floor and have decided that is where I want to work and ultimately want to focus my nursing career. I had a meeting with the nurse manager yesterday who said she would definitely allow me to precept there this fall (my last semester). All my school has to do is submit the application. I was REALLY excited because I have already learned a ton of this floor in just a few shifts (more than in clinical, honestly) and the nurses are so great at teaching. I was so excited that I went and met with our preceptor coordinator this morning. She said NO, I cannot precept there. They only allow students to precept on med/surg units. She had no good reason as to why. I have done THREE clinicals in med/surg, one in pediatrics, one in OB, one in rehab, and one in psych. I have taken a trauma and critical care elective courses through the nursing department. The unit is willing to precept me. I was appalled. I went to the dean (who is interim) and she said to avoid controversy and keep staff morale high, she is going to side with them on everything. I don't know what else to do. I feel like not being able to precept here is going to greatly damage my education. I have a 3.8 GPA and nothing but stellar reviews from past clinical instructors. What can I do to stop my nursing program
from hindering my education and potentially a future job?!