I'm starting my last year of nursing school in a couple of weeks and am trying to figure out what area I want to do my preceptorship in. We don't start our main clinical rotations until this year (OB, peds, 2 med-surg, and psych) but we are supposed to know what we want to do for a preceptorship by October! I have a couple of areas that I am interested in, but how can you know until you get there! Has anyone else been in this situation and if so how did you pick your area?
I am interested in surgery, hospice or oncology, and critical care. Does anyone have any suggestions for making a decision? I have called the surgery supervisor at the hospital I work in, in order to observe more surgery and talk with some of the nurses there. I guess I'm just confused and look forward to hearing any ideas or experiences others can share.
Aug 14, '01
if your main interest are surgery, hospice or oncology, and critical care, i would go for critical care. In critical care, you will find oncology patients, dying patients, and surgical patients. You will probably get a good dose to all of the areas you seem to be interested in.
As for me, My clinical elective will be in the ER, and ICU.
Aug 16, '01
Yes, I know how you feel. I don't even start the basic nursing classes for two weeks and they wanted to know what area we wanted to do for preceptorship last month. It's tough, but I ended up choosing ICU/ER/Trauma because of what I've learned on web sites and because I know some things I don't want.
Don't worry, though. Just because you pick one, it doesn't mean you're trapped for life.