How not to suck! - page 4

I am an NP student who is doing fairly well in my program. I feel this program is challenging and is doing a sufficient job training me for a provider role. The only thing is I can't imagine being... Read More

  1. by   Buyer beware
    Quote from lhflanurseNP
    One thing that can help is doing as much clinical time as you can. Just doing the "minimum" hours doesn't cut it. The problem most NP students have is they still have to work so they wind up shortchanging themselves in regards to the clinical practicum hours. This is where you will learn the most...well...hopefully if you have good preceptors/mentors. I try to get my students to get more involved in the clinical rotations...I even do "projects" in which they need to research an actual patient scenario and come up with how they would evaluate, diagnose, and follow the patient. I cannot tell you how many times the answers are typical "nursing"...vital signs, oxygen, diet, some even tell me "what ever the physician orders". One of my pet peeves why NP students need more experience under their belts and be in positions where they have actually had to do critical thinking. Something to consider is while working as a nurse...look at your patient and consider what would you order? why? what about follow-up outside the critical setting?
    "Something to consider is whlie working as a nurse..."
    Well, I've never actually worked as a nurse but the accredited school I went to without an entry interview, GRE with a GPA of 0.0 said being an NP is like riding a bicycle...and this right before they raided my loan money and then told me to pay it forward pronto.
  2. by   MikeFNPC
    Everyone sucks and life isn't fair. Just do the best you can, don't worry about what people think about you.

  3. by   zayrhia
    What's the minimum amount of clinical hours that you (experienced NPs) consider acceptable upon graduation?
  4. by   BostonFNP
    Quote from zayrhia
    What's the minimum amount of clinical hours that you (experienced NPs) consider acceptable upon graduation?
    Program clinical hours? The national certification bodies determine this as far as entry to practice. Personally, I feel it varies based on the quality of the clinical rotation/setting. I think most students with 600-1000 hours of relevant clinical experience are ready to enter practice (provided they pass the boards) while it really takes an additional 5000 hours to become more comfortable with the role and begin to function fully independently.