I found this article very helpful, but the only thing I didn't find very realistic was the suggestion to go to the clinical site on your own before your rotation starts. I am graduating from nursing school in May, and have had many clinicals in many facilities, and almost all of them would view a personal trip from a student as a liability. There is a reason why your first day at clinicals is usually filled with tours, paperwork with policies, and introductions to staff and patients. I'm not sure how other schools are run, but that's the purpose for our first day, and it is a lot more comfortable to be with your preceptor/instructor when you are new to a facility. Are there places in the united states where people can go to floors and talk to staff and not get questioned?