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Yeah, unfortunately I don't have a choice. I have to stay as close to 40 hrs/week as possible for insurance purposes. I work four 10's, so I always have a day off during the week to devote to clinicals. My manager is extremely supportive of continuing education and has said that she is willing to be flexible with my schedule to make it all work.
same here, but I work 3 12s, and some new grads of ANPs say that two courses w/a full-time schedule is completely doable (even if we are taking biostats and physio).
What sort of unit are you on? Any idea what field you're interested in?
My manager has been encouraging me to look into derm. Funny, because she is a career OR nurse. I thought she would have steered me more in that direction, but she's really promoted keeping an open mind. I'm excited to be exposed to areas I might not have considered otherwise.
Very interesting! I agree, I'm very excited to start clinicals so I can explore my options. I'm a bit nervous about finding preceptors, but I hope to start making contacts early. Are you based in OH? I'm in Indianapolis, right in IU Medical Center. I should have my options, but I know it can be hard to get MD/NPs to take on a student.
I'm in NH. I have a couple of NP's that have agreed to take me on. One graduated from an online program so she sympathizes with trying to find good preceptors without help from the university. I have heard from others that it is becoming increasingly difficult to secure clinical placements in the area. We'll see how it goes, I guess!