I am having a great degree of difficulty obatining a preceptor for my MSN.....I have would have thought that the need for more instructors would have brought preceptors out in droves. I am attending Regis University and am realy seeking any advice I can get! I had my peceptoship already set but we moved and now I have been searching for 4 months without success. I am willing to fly, drive, even walk to do whatever is necessary to......suggestions?
My school actually pays its' preceptors (not much but still), gives them CEUs, and supposedly helps them through the difficult times. But it is very unusual for a school to pay. I also understand that it is harder for my school to find preceptors for all of us, as we live all over the US and some islands, and some even live in Europe. I am not sure if they are going to move back to the US to get their clinicals done.
Last edit by Yenechka on May 7, '12
: Reason: grammar
May 10, '12
by llg, BSN, MSN, PhD
Quote from rbs105
To play the devil's advocate here, I feel my preceptor got 2 semesters OFF from having to do quite a bit of work that I took over for her as her student!! I wrote her exams, planned her assignments, solved student issues, oversaw clinical, etc etc. There were entire classes that I taught for her! I appreciate her, but felt I lightened her load quite a bit.
It sounds like you were a great student rbs105 -- and that you had a preceptor who was not interested in teaching/mentoring you very much. It sounds as if she took advantage of her good luck in getting such a capable and industrious student.
That's not always the case. Some students (even graduate students) have the "C=RN" mentality. (I guess I should call it the "C=MSN mentality." )They want to do the bare minimum needed to pass the course. They may be working a job, raising a family, etc. and just want their preceptors to "sign the paper" that will let them pass the course -- with only doing the minimal amount of work themselves.
Other students may have a decent attitude, but don't have the skills to work independently and need the preceptor to actively teach them to do every little thing and supervise their work closely.
Having preceptored 9 graduate students ... my experience has been varied. I've had a few great ones, a few problematic ones, and a few in-between.
Last edit by llg on May 20, '12
This is getting so frustrating I just sent out emails to all nursing school directors, almost begging for a preceptor. I just wanna give up 3 classes from graduation.
Last edit by SRDAVIS on May 20, '12