Quote from traumarus
david - that is true of the adn and bsn programs but i know of no program in il where the school sets up clinical sites for you. i was on my own too.
this is from the criteria for evaluation of nurse practitioner programs
iv.b clinical resources support np educational experiences.
adequate faculty, clinical sites, and preceptors are available to support the np clinical, educational experiences. the program/track provides evidence of contractual agreements with agencies or individuals used for students’ clinical experiences. these contractual agreements are part of established policies that protect appropriately the clinical site, the educational program, and students while at sites. contracts include maintenance of liability insurance.
- provide a list of clinical facilities utilized specifically for the np program/track and site-based clinical preceptors (type, degree, and certification). include the name of the site, type of site (e.g., community health, private practice, rural clinic), & client characteristics.
- provide a sample of a contractual agreement, including a statement on liability coverage
- provide the policy covering student rotations at clinical sites.
so according to this a program must provide adequate clinical sites. to me telling a student to cold call peds sites does not meet this criteria. i am not sure what the penalty is if any for failure to meet this. to put this in perspective, the same behavior by a medical school, pa school, or nursing school would result in either probation or suspension of the program. why is this behavior allowed from np schools?
i would guess that as part of the application process i would ask to see a list of clinical facilities that the program uses. if there is a paucity of sites consider going elsewhere.
to the op as a practice that gets asked frequently to rotate students and turns most of them down, it is going to be next to impossible to cold call and get a response. connections are going to be the key here. former students or np's in practice are probably your best bet. most of the time you are going to get the practice manager who has no interest in students.
david carpenter, pa-c