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- Feb 5, '11 by DixiecupDo you have any friends who are doctors or NP's? I had several and it saved my life because I sure used them! The only one I had a lot of trouble finding was a peds preceptor. (didn't have any friends in that area!). All the peds offices said they weren't taking students or were already booked with students. Start looking well in advance!
- Feb 8, '11 by rmicuStudent FNP,
Traditional schools, at least the state colleges, in my area arrange preceptors and clinicals for the NP students so that they can be sure the student is getting the appropriate clinical experience.
I live in Georgia and arranging my own clinical time seems like a daunting task, even with the relationships I have in the area.
If you consider switching to a traditional program, call the nursing dept of the school first. They will tell you if the school arranges the clinical or if the student is expected to arrange it.
- Feb 8, '11 by linearthinkerI would be very hesitant to do clinic rotations with a provider I knew personally. I say this from experience. One of our kids was BFFs with the child of an area OB/GYN and we socialized together as couples. I did my womens health rotation with her. It was great until my kid let her kid watch Night of the Living Dead during a sleep over. Her kid had night terrors for weeks, and she was po'd at me for "lack of supervision" as she put it. She was right, I went to bed that night and wasn't paying attention to what the kids were watching. I felt terrible and apologized, but it was pretty awkward. This happened one month into a 4 month rotation. It was the only time I found my own preceptor. I went back to letting the school assign me to strangers out of town after that!
I think there is a lot to be said for schools making the assignments. They know providers by reputation, and can weed out those who aren't good for one reason or another. My school paid a lot of attention to student feedback, and every student got a minimum of one site visit from faculty a semester. Believe me, they were there to eval the site and preceptors as much as the students! Several of my classmates were also disappointed by experiences they had with providers they knew beforehand, and we all agreed that it was far better to let the school make the assignments.
- Oct 9, '12 by NPdreamerZenman, I am very new to Allnurses. How can I PM you with specific questions about online FNP programs and clinical rotations. I am particularly interested in the Naval Hospital in Okinawa. THanks in advance!
- Oct 9, '12 by zenmanQuote from NPdreamerClick on my avatar and "send pm."Zenman, I am very new to Allnurses. How can I PM you with specific questions about online FNP programs and clinical rotations. I am particularly interested in the Naval Hospital in Okinawa. THanks in advance!