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My preceptorship is during the last 6 weeks of the last semester. You are assigned 1 nurse that you work with during the entire time. We are required to work 12 12hour shifts, and by the end we are expected to be doing 90% of the nurses work.
This is how it works at my school also. It's the clinical component of our nursing leadership/trends course. Ideally, you stick with one preceptor although that doesn't always work - with vacations, illness, etc. We will work 135 hours within a 3-1/2 week period (no class during this time).
We are asked for our top 3 choices of units at each of our 2 different hospitals. An effort is made to put you where you want to be, but there's no guarantee. All the choices are general med-surg, cardio-pulmonary or telemetry units, although if you have a strong interest in L&D, ED, maternity or ICU you may get to spend a day or two there.
This is how it's been explained: for the first day or so, we shadow the RN -- then for the rest of the time, the RN shadows US.