Okay so I know that it was my choice to attend my FNP program online and maybe I don't have the right to complain, or perhaps I should have checked into the details of the program prior to enrolling, but this is getting pretty ridiculous. I understand that a lot of online programs make you find your own preceptor. I'm not in clinicals yet, but for my health assessment lab they expect us to find someone that will allow us to use their clinic after hours so that i can video record myself performing a physical on someone! Come on, who in their right mind will just let a person they don't even know waltz right in, use all of their equipment, plus stay after hours so that they can video record themselves doing a "fake physical assessment". I haven't lived in my current state very long and don't know any medical professionals on a personal level outside the hospital where i work, and of course I can't use a hospital. This is nuts. I just have a feeling if this "you are on your own, figure it out" mentality has already presented itself in my first semester, does that mean it is going to only get worse?
And to top it off I'm supposed to just read some chapters in my book and all of a sudden know how to perform an exam using an opthalmoscope and otoscope? I have no idea what I am looking at or for. It just seems like this is stuff i should be learning in clinicals with a preceptor. I don't see how i can teach myself this stuff. No simulation lab, no way to practice.
I am seriously considering transferring to a traditional program. Do traditional programs provide you with all of the tools and resources you need for labs and clinicals?