I don't mean to come off complaining. I'm genuinely prepared to search for my own clinical sites as I have already applied to three schools. But I just wondered, in my RN program, I never had to worry about it. Why is it the norm for RN education to have clinical sites provided, but not MSN?
Feb 3, '14
by mzaur, APRN
I just applied to 5 NP programs and they all guarantee preceptors. They are all great programs from traditional schools. Not online programs.
NP programs really need to be better regulated by nursing organizations like how medical schools are, with standardized curriculums and some sort of guaranteed quality control
Last edit by mzaur on Feb 3, '14
My distance learning program provided preceptors only in a 100 mile radius of the school. While none of my classmates had to drop for lackof preceptors, many had to relocate or stay closer to the school in order to complete clinical hours (which defeats the purpose). Not one person who was required to relocate/travel expected to have to do this. I felt this was wrong, and as Soon2bAGNPstated, schools should have to give you your money back for being unable t ocomplete due to lack of preceptor availability. Schools should not admit students when they do not have/enough preceptors in the student’s geographical area. Period.
Many people constantly bash online learning, but I graduated from a state school, fully prepared and ready to do my job. State schools are the traditional schools. My class had 100% pass rate on the ANCC exam. The curriculum has to be regulated or you cannot sit for the ANCC exam. Many very prestigious schools, Vanderbilt for instance, have gone to completely online with some specialtiesand follow the same format as my school. Welcome to technology.
I did not have problems completing clinical hours, mainlybecause I worked with my preceptors. Ido know several of my classmates struggled with the lack of preceptor availability,as stated above. I did not lose one classmate over the preceptor shortage, as the school arranged preceptors if the student was willing to travel. We did lose classmates over failing the course and whining that it was the preceptor shortage (when these students had preceptors and could not handle the content). My school gets a bad rap at times because many students cannot handle the content and fail.
What floors me is the number of people who attend on campus programs and the programs mandate that students find their own preceptors. A school obviously loses academic/alumni connections many miles away, but an oncampus program should not have this excuse. Also, when choosing a school, you need to know the school’s pass rate on the ANCC exam. If you cannot pass the ANCC or whatever exam your BON requires, you cannot practice as a NP (in most states) no matter the school you attend. Some people never pass the ANCC exam.
Last edit by NP_MSN on Feb 3, '14