Finding clinical sites/ Gwynedd Mercy College

  1. I am in the first semester of my NP program at Gwynedd Mercy College. I can start my clinical hours this summer. However, we have to find our own sites for clinical.
    How do I go about this?
    I know online students must hit this wall too. Any feedback would be much appreciated.

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  3. by   shonte19
    I'm going through the exact same situation except different schools. I attend Ball State university FNP online. I just don't know what words to say and apparently this is a long process because they keep enforcing start early. I'm going to call my future instructor to see if she has any tips, if she does I will. et you know.
  4. by   SoundofMusic
    You know, I get so preturbed over this. I'm in a program in Virginia, and I can't believe they foist this burden on students. I'm sorry, but do med students have to find their own clinical rotation sites? Likely not.

    This has to change. I'm in a very stressful semester -- many of us have sent out numerous letters, made numerous calls, and no one can find a site unless they "know someone."

    I think it really stinks ...too much money to pay to have faculty sitting on their duffs and not aiding students in finding clinical sites. This should not be an impossibility. Contact should be forged by these schools. Nurses help nurses ....why all of a sudden does it stop at this level in terms of preceptorships?
  5. by   glibwolf
    @ Soundofmusic,

    I agree totally. My college is affiliated with several Catholic Hospitals in my area. Yet they don't help. I have found a doctor that will take me for my specialty rotation. However, I am at a lose for others.

    Nurses should help nurses. Isn't that what an APN is taught?
  6. by   NRSKarenRN
    Check out the National Nursing Centers Consortium: These are NP managed health settings, with 15 centers in 5 county Philly area:
    NNCC Member Clinics

    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Apr 3, '12
  7. by   dng_503
    I'm in Vancouver, BC taking FNP through Athabasca University in Alberta and the school also require their students to seek their own practicum. I've been searching since Nov. 2011 and haven't had any luck as all the preceptors I've spoken to would only accept BC school students first before they look outside for BC even though I live in Vancouver, BC. Or the preceptors have too many students. Priority are also given to medical students, midwife students etc. I feel like I won't be able to complete this program if every preceptor I contact will not accept anymore students.

    Anyway, the best way to start is cold calling offices or call up the health authorities and get directed to "professional practice" or "education services" (depending on what the authority call these departments) and the staff will direct you. BC health authorities have been very helpful in providing me with instructions on the process of submitting placement information. However, it doesn't matter how early I submit this information, they will still select BC school students first. I feel that I'm also at a lost here. It's unfortunate that there are not enough preceptors around.
  8. by   glibwolf
    @ NRSKarenRN,

    Thankyou for your suggestion. There is a clinic near me. I will contact them and see what I can do to intern there. I have been speaking to several NP's and Physicians. I am hoping to specialize. I have been told that it is 'who you know' when it comes to clinical sites. Since I am changing from home care to office or clinic, I am at a loss for contacts.

    I guess persistence is the name of the game here. I am willing to travel for my clinical and move for a job. I will put the resumes out there and see what I get.

    Thanks again.
  9. by   NRSKarenRN
    Another resource I thought of is NP directory's

    NP central has been around longer than allnurses! national nurse practitioner directory

    nurse practitioner directory - npagr

    Women's Health: nurse practitioner directory - national association of nurse ...

    Healthgrades: nursing (np) - state directory
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jan 17, '13 : Reason: updated links
  10. by   RNSallyanne
    In Kentucky, our state NP Association has a list of NPs willing to be preceptors. I joined the association and it was one of the best things I could have done. It is a good way to get to know the people you might need later on and if they have a directory of possible preceptors, even better!
  11. by   canchaser
    NrsKaren, I just googled those sites. AWESOME!!! I sent these onto my classmates to help them out. Thanks do much!
  12. by   NRSKarenRN
    Quote from canchaser
    NrsKaren, I just googled those sites. AWESOME!!! I sent these onto my classmates to help them out. Thanks do much!
    Your welcome.

    When searching for jobs,I find many ads posted in business news journals:
    Business News - The Business Journals
  13. by   hfitch
    Reply to Glibwolf--I graduated GMC last year, I had many problems with clinical sites and ended up working with (MODERATOR EDIT OF NAME - PLEASE DO NOT POST NAMES OF INDIVIDUALS IN YOUR PROGRAM PER TOS) in the GMC clinic. Don't let her fool you, there are options. If you need Pediatrics I highly recommend "Healthy Steps". We need to collaborate as Nurses and we can overcome many adversities. PS this won't be you're only one...
    Last edit by sirI on Jan 16, '13
  14. by   Emma_H
    Hi dng_503

    I have some questions about how like/liked the Athabasca FNP program? I currently live in BC and am thinking about applying to Athabasca and then also some local schools. I know schools like UBC train you well for the OSCE and the American based written exam. I am mainly just wondering if you feel/felt prepared to write the OSCE and American based exam studying through Athabasca?

    Thanks so much!!