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Describe your first NP clinical rotation

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Describe your first NP clinical rotation. Do's and don'ts. Any hints? Was it as bad as you thought it would be or did you psych yourself up for nothing?

verene, MSN

Specializes in mental health / psychiatic nursing.

My first rotation was in private practice child/adolescent population. I was nervous beforehand because I didn't have a lot of experience working with kids. It was a good experience, I had a great preceptor.

Do - be professional, ask questions, and ask what the site/preceptor recommends you bring in, and what they expect from you in terms of proficiency/knowledge AND share with them what you would like to be working on as well and if you have any particular interest areas. Ask about templates.

Don't - assume you know everything (conversely do not underestimate what knowledge you DO bring to the table). Don't assume the preceptor has any knowledge of what you do/do not know or are expected to be working on with out telling them. Just because a preceptor has a different approach from another preceptor or from how you were taught in school does NOT mean they are wrong. There's a fair amount of practice variation which can still all fall with in safe practice guidelines.

Go in with an open mind and learn as much as you can. 🙂

Thanks for the info. I'm super nervous but excited at the same time.