We just received our practicum placements for our final semester in school, and I'm a bit worried about mine. We had little control over our placements, but we could request specialties. I requested pediatrics, thinking that I would be placed in a peds acute care setting, and if not, at least in some other acute care setting. Instead, I was placed at a middle school and will be working with a school nurse.
I'm concerned. I won't be developing acute care skills in this setting, like managing a patient case load, improving family centered care techniques, or using equipment that is commonly found at a hospital. Unfortunately, there is no possibility of changing my placement. I also did not do a nurse externship. I truly want to work in pediatric acute care after I graduate this May, but I'm scared this practicum is going to put me at a disadvantage.
Any ideas how I might work this to my advantage? I could definitely use suggestions for how I could translate this experience to acute care.