Shortage of Nurse Practitioner Preceptors - page 2
Is there a national shortage of Nurse Practitioners who are willing to precept? I am finding it very difficult to find a preceptor, MD's are very quick to offer what they have, unfortunately as a NP... Read More
Mar 12, '12I have to agree, we do need more NP preceptors. It also goes to show you that some NP students make it worse for the rest of the NP students. Meaning, I had a MD friend of mine precept me, but he was telling me that in his office, a student before me from a different school, stole from the office. He worked with other physicians, so it was not his office. anyway, they were hesitant to allow for any further precepting. Its disgusting. Why would a future NP steal????? Good luck and keep your faith!
Mar 14, '12Where I am, doctors are paid for preceptorship,
We are unpaid volunteers.
Students tend to slow me down when the workload we are juggling
is becoming increasingly heavy.
I no longer accept students that aren't in their last 2 clinical placemts.
who don't have a solid foundation of health assessment skills and pharmacology
and pathophys under their belt. Inpatient acute care is exactly that....time is
of the essence!
Having said that, I do feel a professional responsiblility to mentor and precept NP students.
I had to find my own preceptors in my NP program: NPs and MDs so I have never forgotten
how that felt like and how grateful I was to my preceptors.
Mar 14, '12Where I am, doctors are paid for preceptorship,<br>We are unpaid volunteers.<br>Students tend to slow me down when the workload we are juggling<br>is becoming increasingly heavy.<br><br>I no longer accept students that aren't in their last 2 clinical placemts.<br>who don't have a solid foundation of health assessment skills and pharmacology<br>and pathophys under their belt. Inpatient acute care is exactly that....time is<br>of the essence!<br><br><br>Having said that, I do feel a professional responsiblility to mentor and precept NP students.<br>I had to find my own preceptors in my NP program: NPs and MDs so I have never forgotten<br>how that felt like and how grateful I was to my preceptors.
Mar 16, '12Please help. i live in the charlotte area, NC and desperately in need of a preceptor. I am in my final semester of school and I am badly in need of an FNP or CNM. please help me. I just need one day a week. (8hrs). Your help will be greatly appreciated.
Mar 21, '12Hello,
I am located in NC and I am looking for a preceptor for my FNP program, from Graceland University. I need a pediatric rotation of 241 hours, an internal medicine rotation of 241 hours and I have my person for Family Practice right now, or I can swap them out for Internal medicine. It looks like you are willing to help. Are you a NP, FNP or PNP? I am located ouside of Durham, where are you located?
Apr 29, '12Now that is a shame. Who in their right mind will steal from a doctors office, an NP student for that matter. I do not know where this happened, but here in NC if you steal as a RN you will lose your license to practice. This just annoys the heck out of me and just plain disgusting. Professionalism for some people is stealing, how degrading!!! Yuck! I am so disgusted by this I am sorry!
Apr 30, '12Quote from hope1272I learned that people will steal underwear out of the washing machine, so you never know.Why would a future NP steal?????
The lack of preceptors is frustrating. I had to find my own and it was tough and nerve wracking. However, I don't think you can blame the schools. Someone mentioned not seeing med school grads going door to door, but that is because there is an organized matching system that places new physicians in residencies. Now in fairness, new grad physicians are often willing to relocate to make those matches happen.
When NPs can come up with something like that then great. It is just another example of nursing needing to make political and legislative gains. I feel that if NPs are to be part of the solution to the primary care shortage then we need access to those primary care matches, that last I heard, were under utilized by new grad physicians who don't seem to be enamored with primary care. If that is wrong please let me know.
May 4, '12I am currenlty an FNP student in my clinical rotation. I attend Frontier Nursing University & we are required to find our own preceptors in our own community. The school does pay them to precept. I live in a small rural community and did not have any problem finding preceptors.
May 8, '12I think one of the reasons for this problem is because we mostly work under the MD's who determine if we should precept or not. When I was looking for a clinical site, I went to several private practice offices and was told that they only precept med students. I asked one the office manager "why" because I knew that the office also had a nurse practitioner working there. But, she had no good answer for me. It was especially hard finding a site for my Women's Health clinicals.
May 10, '12What on earth does a shortage of preceptors have to do with "nurses eating their young"? I don't see the connection there, but I do have a few thoughts on the shortage of advanced practice nurse preceptors.
1) APNs need to be incentivized to precept students. Our colleagues in medicine are paid to precept and train students, why are NPs expected to volunteer their time and expertise? Many are paid according to how many patients they see, and stopping to teach a student and answer questions directly cuts their pay.
2) Schools that do not place students clinically should have their accreditation suspended. I have seen their students' pleas on allnurses for preceptors and how their futile search has delayed their graduation, led to failed courses, loss of money, etc... it is quite heartbreaking. And I don't know if the schools are shameful or shameless, but I do know they are scams.
May 10, '12I agree that schools that don't provide their students with clinical placements are scams. But it goes both ways. As long as students keep choosing to attend these programs, they will continue to exist and be a huge problem.