Regis College student FNP needing preceptors. please help!
- 0Aug 30, '11 by dot84Hi everyone,
I know this is a long shot, but I'm going to attempt it anyway. I am a FNP student enrolled at Regis College in Weston, MA. I am entering my third and final year of the direct-entry masters program, and I am desperately in need of primary care NP preceptors for the upcoming school year. I need to complete 150 hours each in the specialty areas of pediatrics, geriatrics, and women's health. I have been looking for preceptors since April, but have only been able to find one individual willing to precept me for my adult rotation.
If you are a primary care NP working in these fields and would be interested in precepting a student, please please please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can then forward my resume and any additional information that you will need.
P.S. I live in the metrowest area, but am willing to travel.
- 0Sep 1, '11 by watersamyhave you tried contacting public health hospitals? I know that Mass Hospital School in Canton (which is kids/adol only), Tewksbury State Hosp, Taunton S.H., Chelsea Soldier's Home all have nurse practitioners.
On another note, I recently attended the Regis College open house, I'm interested in their NP program as well, is there anything you can tell me about the program coming from a student's perspective? I've heard that you need to do a lot of self-teaching is that right? Any classes that are really tough or easy? Any teachers to keep away from? Any information would be helpful. I'll be taking classes at Regis starting this coming January.
- 0Sep 1, '11 by dot84Hi watersamy,
Thanks for your comments. In answer to your question, I overall have had a decent experience at Regis. Your class will not have a few of the teachers that my class did because these individuals have left the school to pursue other opportunities. In general, I personally have not had any horrible experiences with any of the instructors. Yes, some instructors did a way better job at teaching than others, but I wouldn't go as far to say that you would have to avoid specific people. Everybody has had a different experience, so I'm sure you will come across students whose opinions differ from mine. For me though, my progression through the program has pretty much been smooth until now with the preceptor search.
In regards to whether you have to do a lot of self teaching, I would say there is self-teaching involved. More so in some courses than others. I didn't think it was too different from my classes in my previous undergrad institution though. Understandably, class time is limited, and there will be times when all the material can't be covered so you have to study it on your own. You aren't left completely in the dark though. People are always there to answer questions and if the whole class doesn't understand, it will be gone over. Truthfully, nursing school is rigorous and there is so much involved that you'll often find yourself looking up extra information or reviewing things 10,000 times on your own anyway.
The most difficult classes would probably be med-surg nursing and complex care. Those are the two classes I've seen people struggle with the most.
I hope this helps! Congrats on your acceptance. Some extra tips I have are:
1)Form a close study group- this helped me a great deal
2)If you aren't a nurse yet, it would be helpful to get a job working as a nursing assistant. Great way to form connections.
3)Keep in touch with all your clinical instructors. Network with anyone who could be helpful in helping you find NP preceptors when you get to that portion of the program. I have found it really difficult to find people to precept me.
So that's it from me. If you have other questions, let me know and I'll be happy to answer.
- 0Sep 7, '11 by watersamyThank you so much for this information. I'm actually already working as a Nursing Assistant at an acute rehab hospital and will have my ADN in December. I will be starting my classes in the RN-BSN-MSN program and hope to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
Good Luck in your perceptor search.