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Does your school have preceptorships?

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by d2k2ross d2k2ross (Member) Member

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Just out of curiosity, has anyone attended a nursing school that did not offer preceptorships? And if they didn't, what was their rationale?

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NENE RN specializes in Neuro/ MS.

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Only 10 or 11 out of 46 received preceptorships based on grades (??that is what they told us). At my friends school only 7 out of 100 got them but they had to go through interviews.

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SummitRN has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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Define preceptorship?

1:1 for 200 hours or so as the last rotation?

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I define preceptors as a lengthy (not neccessarily 200 hrs.) say even 60 hrs., 1:1 training that helps introduce you to the world of nursing. A kind of "transistion" of sorts, from student, to graduate nurse. And yes, deemalt, you can have nursing school w/out preceptorships. It is not required by law. You just must have 120 of "focused" clinical time in your last semester.

I am just curious if those of you who DIDN'T have a preceptorship feel like it hurt you in any way. As in, not preparing you well enough, or made it harder to get hired after you graduated?

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We had a 1:1 with a RN working on a floor in the hospital for 120hours as our last "transition".

It was ok. Each person's assignment was different, and I don't think my transition assignment really prepared me at all for my first job. it's all the luck of the draw as to what you get and who your preceptor is.

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I spent 6 weeks in preceptorship, 2X/week 8.5 hours per day in Med-Surg. What a great learning experience!

My neighbor who went to a private college says they have no preceptorship. Heck she spent less time in clinical that I did. According to her the school has been trying to set up a precep program for a while.

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Lennonninja has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in MICU - CCRN, Interventional Radiology.

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My ASN program didn't have preceptorships d/t lack of space in the hospital. I did a nurse internship between years though that was 12 weeks of 3 12s per week and worked as a tech the whole second year. It's not technically a preceptorship, but an excellent experience regardless. I was offered a job on the floor I work on as a tech two months before graduation.

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I define preceptors as a lengthy (not neccessarily 200 hrs.) say even 60 hrs., 1:1 training that helps introduce you to the world of nursing. A kind of "transistion" of sorts, from student, to graduate nurse. And yes, deemalt, you can have nursing school w/out preceptorships. It is not required by law. You just must have 120 of "focused" clinical time in your last semester.

I am just curious if those of you who DIDN'T have a preceptorship feel like it hurt you in any way. As in, not preparing you well enough, or made it harder to get hired after you graduated?

Whoops! Didn't mean to sound snarky! Just a new concept for me.

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I am just curious if those of you who DIDN'T have a preceptorship feel like it hurt you in any way. As in, not preparing you well enough, or made it harder to get hired after you graduated?

It would have been nice to have one but honestly, you learn SOOO much in the first few weeks on the job that (I think) as long as you have decent critical thinking skills, it pretty much evens out.

As to whether not having one made it harder to get a job....that's not really something I feel like I can evaluate. I got a job, not immediately, but in the area I wanted to work in, and graduates from my program are well-regarded locally despite having no preceptorship.

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