Anyone else in their preceptorship now?

  1. Hi all. I am new here. Will be finishing an ADN program in May of 2004. I am all done with lecture and clinicals and am now doing our 112 hour preceptorship in Postpartum.

    I am totally loving it and am sure now that Postpartum is where I want to be, but am a little overwhelmed with all the paperwork. I have done 3 12 hour shifts and have 9 to go. I plan on taking over more patient's this week and trying to get all the paperwork done by myself too. That is one area I wish our school had done better at, teaching documentation. I feel confident with patient care, assessment, etc, but worried that I will forget something with the paperwork.

    Otherwise things are going great. We took our HESI test and I got a 1243/99.9, so I am happy. I had some areas where I wasn't up to par, so I will study those. I hope that it is true what everyone says about the HESI here, that it is harder than the NCLEX! I can't actually take the NCLEX till August since I have a math class to take still.

    Anyway, would love to know how others are doing in their preceptorship. I have an awesome preceptor and I think that is helping.
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  3. by   klone
    Quote from breastfeedingRN
    Hi all. I am new here. Will be finishing an ADN program in May of 2004. I am all done with lecture and clinicals and am now doing our 112 hour preceptorship in Postpartum.
    Just wanted to say hi! I'm just starting out, but I'm planning on becoming an IBCLC after graduation and working in postpartum, as well. I noticed your sigline - are you active at any online AP parenting communities?
  4. by   RNKITTY04
    I start my preceptorship June 28 and am kinda nervous mostly about the very things you wrote about. I feel ok about the actual nursing stuff but the paperwork and the computer charting have me worried. We have to do 120 hours in 3 weeks and one day, so Im hoping that will be enough time for me to get my ducks in a row. I have no idea at this point who my preceptor will be or even where it will be. I agree with you in that the college doesn't do enough to help prepare us for externship. One of my friends who just finished his externship thru the CCU said they pretty much just threw him to the wolves and that he was basically on his own! eekk!
    Well anyway.. good luck to you and congrats on your impending graduation.
  5. by   manna
    Welcome to allnurses and congrats on your upcoming graduation! Glad to see another co-sleeping/nursing-toddler Mama!

    (my "toddler" turned 2 in January, time flies!)
  6. by   breastfeedingRN
    hi! i sometimes hang out at the yahoo mamas, which is an AP geared community. mostly i hang out on mothering.com

    i plan on becoming an IBCLC too!! but not for 3-4 years! what school are you going to go to? i go to glendale community. pm me sometime if you want!


    Quote from klone
    Just wanted to say hi! I'm just starting out, but I'm planning on becoming an IBCLC after graduation and working in postpartum, as well. I noticed your sigline - are you active at any online AP parenting communities?
  7. by   breastfeedingRN
    we too have to do the hours in a little over 3 weeks. my preceptor is awesome. she gives me just enough freedom and is always available for questions, etc. my clinical advisor is great too. i told both of them today how i was so stressed and both told me to relax. that i am doing fine. that the preceptorship is not meant to make me an instant RN, but to help further role development. i feel much better now as i was trying to figure out how i was going to take 4 couplets and do EVERYTHING in 3 weeks! good luck!



    Quote from RNKITTY04
    I start my preceptorship June 28 and am kinda nervous mostly about the very things you wrote about. I feel ok about the actual nursing stuff but the paperwork and the computer charting have me worried. We have to do 120 hours in 3 weeks and one day, so Im hoping that will be enough time for me to get my ducks in a row. I have no idea at this point who my preceptor will be or even where it will be. I agree with you in that the college doesn't do enough to help prepare us for externship. One of my friends who just finished his externship thru the CCU said they pretty much just threw him to the wolves and that he was basically on his own! eekk!
    Well anyway.. good luck to you and congrats on your impending graduation.
  8. by   breastfeedingRN
    it is nice to see others like me too! i frequently seem to be the oddball at school and clinicals, especially since abby is still nursing. i don't hide it though, that is for sure!



    Quote from manna
    Welcome to allnurses and congrats on your upcoming graduation! Glad to see another co-sleeping/nursing-toddler Mama!

    (my "toddler" turned 2 in January, time flies!)
  9. by   klone
    Quote from breastfeedingRN
    hi! i sometimes hang out at the yahoo mamas, which is an AP geared community. mostly i hang out on mothering.com

    i plan on becoming an IBCLC too!! but not for 3-4 years! what school are you going to go to? i go to glendale community. pm me sometime if you want!
    Yavapai College.

    Yeah, I pretty much just don't tell anyone my daughter still nurses on occasion (she'll be 4 in a month).

    I've been to mothering.com a few times, but it's SO busy. Mostly I go to the breastfeeding.com debate board, and a parenting site I co-own, yaaps.com
  10. by   laurainaz
    Hi! I am at Mesa Community College and currently doing my preceptorship in ICU. It's exciting to be so close to graduation, isn't it? I find it odd though, that since we are both under Maricopa Community Colleges, my preceptorship is only 90 hours - and yours is more. I wonder what's up with that? Anyway, good luck! :hatparty:
  11. by   laurainaz
    Oops, I forgot to ask........what is IBCLC? My kids are older, so I guess I'm outta the loop. Thanks.
  12. by   breastfeedingRN
    laurainaz,

    i think it probably just has to do with the total number of hours needed Block 4. the individual colleges probably have a little say in where they are done at, and they divide it up between clinicals and preceptorship. you guys might have have a little more hours in clinical time and less in your preceptorship.

    also, an IBCLC is an a international board certified lactation consultant. they help moms who have problems breastfeeding!

    anyway, good luck to you too!! only 4 more 12 hour shifts to go for me!

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