Okay I am up for two traditional LPN program where I live, but I still can't shake the feeling of wanting to have more control over my schooling by distance learning. So I found two programs that would let me do that for Practical Nursing, Deaconess, and Minnesota. But for Deaconess it it too hard to get into and the tuition is ridicoulas, pluss I don't want to travel up there, and for Minnesota, the tuition is okay, but I don't want to travel up there, and they have the program set up with pre-req's that I will have no choice but to take a year to a year and a half to finish. I want to be done in a year to 15 months at the most.
So..........Here is what I was thinking, I see many programs at Techs, and CC's that allow their PN students to take their theory courses online, an do normal clinicals. These programs are not set up, for a person in a different state, but hey distance is distance. So I thought that I might propose to one of these schools or maybe a few, to let me take my theory online and get a preceptor where I live to do my clinicals. I know it's a long shot, but I have to try. And I mean they could always give the preceptor their course objectives, and I think any experienced nurse could be a preceptor.So before I present my idea to these schools, I need to put together a professional proposal, and to do that I first need to find someone to be my preceptor. So my question for all of those who have had to do this, or is going to have to do this, is how do I do it? Do I just call up hospitals and ask if they have preceptors? Do I call up local schools and try to recruit their faculty? How?
And how do I get the hospitals or nursing homes to let me use their facility as a clinical site?
And as for the preceptor, I don't know how it is usually done if they are volunteers or what, but I was planning on offering my preceptor, a small fee. I want as many clinical hours as possible, and if I am distance learning I will not be confined to a strict schedule, so I will be able to get in more of those hours. I was thinking maybe 5 hours a day M-F, or whatever the schools, usual hours are, whatever they require.( I just looked it up, the school that I am looking at, has 4 clinical course for their PN program, and in each course they require 6 clinical hourse per week, for 16 weeks) And I would pay my preceptor maybe $10 and hour. A little steep,(I'll see) but if i get financial aid, I should be able to pay her/him with the money from my refund check.
So ya'll please tell me what I need to do.....
May 11, '05
Quote from sunnyjohn
What is the name of the school in MN?
Is it an LPN program? RN? ADN? Any details?
Does anyone have a link? I tried the one posted, but it does not work...
I forgot the name but it is http://distance.minnesota.edu
it is LPN, you can get a diploma or an Applied Associate in Science Degree
Last edit by FocusRN on May 11, '05