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Not getting any patients assigned at end of preceptorship

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by Presto Presto (New Member) New Member

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I am writing this because I am concerned about my performance during my preceptorship in an emergency department.

I am a nursing student finishing up my last semester at a nursing school. I have done about 12, 12 hour shifts and I am at the end of a preceptorship program. I am concerned because I haven't been assigned to have a single patient on my own.

I understand that at the hospital where I precept, we, as nursing students don't have any access to patient chart, so we have no way of knowing patient information, documentation, and lab results unless we ask our preceptor to access patient info, so we can view it.

My preceptor not assigning me any patient load, even at the end of preceptorship reflect my ability and skills as a nurse? Or is it because ED is such a different place from other unit, where it is hectic and always so busy, it is harder to assign nursing students their own patients?

Can anyone give me a feedback on this?

Thank you...

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I am sorry I can't give you any feed back I would ask your clinical instructor. My program works differently so I can not give you any insight to what I would do. My program is a college in a hospital so or clinical instructors are always with us and we have computer assess. I wish you luck and I hope you get the experience you needed.

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Racer15 has 5 years experience and works as a RN.

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I did my practicum in an ED and never really got a patient of my own. My preceptor was the charge nurse, so we just picked up other nurses patients to help out. Her goal was to give me my own patient, but just because that does not happen, does not mean you did a bad job. The ED is crazy, it isn't like floor nursing. Even with the hectic schedule and my inability to access charts without my preceptor, I still got to call report, chart, and practice a ton of skills. I think you will be fine! The ED is just different, even without ever having a patient of my own, I passed my practicum with no problems.

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