I recently started an informatics position which I consider to be my dream job (the job is in another state). I could not refuse the offer...especially because the facility was willing to train me from an entry level position and it was a big salary increase (plus I was hired only having experience as a super user and I felt burnt out at my previous job which was bedside nursing). Accepting the job has led me to postpone my informatics MSN practicum. Instead of starting it this Spring, I will have to start it in the summer. The problem is that I am now having a hard time finding a preceptor. I thought it would be easy because there are many surrounding hospitals and clinics in and outside of my area but I keep running into problems, e.g. run arounds with clinical coordinators, no affiliation agreement, no informatics departments, potential preceptor does not have a MSN degree. I had my practicum set and ready to roll prior to accepting the job...but I know it is hard to land an informatics entry-level position and did not want to let this great opportunity pass. While I am happy and LOVVVVEEEE my job, I am miserable knowing that the time for my practicum application deadline is coming up soon. I can not imagine getting this far in my program with a chance that I may not graduate on time because I can't find a preceptor. I am so desperate that I am willing to use future vacation time and fly back to my home state to complete my practicum hours this summer. Has anyone ever had this or a similar situation happen?