Preceptorship advice

  1. Any advice for physically and emotionally preparing for preceptorship. I'm going to start in about 3 weeks. My very last quarter! Right now I'm soo scared. I haven't even been in a hospital for 3 months due to our summer break. I feel as though I've forgotten everything. Right now I think I need to touch up on assessents, disease processes, and all these other things. I just don't know where to start. Any tips that will be helpful in getting back in that nurse mentality? thanks much!!
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  3. by   Daytonite
    there are lots of stickys on this and the general nursing student discussion forum. now is a good time to go through the posts on these threads and explore some of the links, bookmark ones that look like they would be helpful for you. pm me if there are websites you would particularly like to have in your arsenal. i have a file of general medical weblinks that i will reprint below. also, i downloaded the pdf file of a powerpoint presentation that was given to train preceptors on how to be preceptors (never hurts to know what the job description is of the boss). i can only send it as an attachment to an e-mail. you cannot post your personal e-mail address on the forums, but you can send it to me in a pm and i will send this pdf file to you if you are interested in seeing it.

    please don't be scared. you will remember more than you think. keep in mind that none of us remembers everything. that's why we have reference books. the place to start is to look at what your syllabus for the nursing class sends you to!

    for sites aimed more at the consumer (easier to read and understand!):

    medline plus (use the search box)

    healthfinder (use the search box)

    medicine net diseases & conditions a to z index

    medicine net symptoms & signs a to z index

    medicine net procedures & tests a to z index

    the mayo clinic

    health a to z - diseases and conditions page (use the search box)

    aetna intelihealth (use the search box)

    peacehealth consumer information (use the search box)

    all health

    genesis consumer health information

    emedicinehealth first aid and consumer health information list of topics from a to z

    encyclopedia of surgery

    lab tests online

    finding answers to your questions about surgery

    for sites aimed more at healthcare personnel:

    national institutes of health
    the various institutes and links to them:

    merck manual of diagnosis and therapy (use search box)

    family practice notebook (use search box)

    medicine net diseases & conditions a to z index

    cleveland clinic disease management project (only major diseases)

    emedicine (you may have to register to view articles, but registration is free)

    web md index list of tests

    web md index list of medical conditions

    web md index list of symptoms

    surgical (links are at left and top of page) - the internet pathology laboratory for medical education

    merck manual of diagnosis and therapy

    merck manual of medical information

    merck manual of geriatrics

    cdc - national center for chronic disease prevention and health promotion

    national library of medicine

    cdc list of topics - includes national statistics

    national center for health statistics - more websites for statistics and information

    national guidelines clearinghouse (for guidelines on procedures, etc.) - national clearinghouse for alcohol & drug information of the u.s. department of health and human services and samhsa

    wilipedia - topics in medicine

    online medical dictionary large listing of eponyms and historical medical information

    who (world health organization) for third world disease information and statistics