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  1. Our preceptors are paid by the school. It is minimal, but it is something.
  2. I'm in one of those where you have to find one of your own preceptors. We are accredited and one of the highest ranked in the nation. I happen to live in a very saturated area where there are other well known universities. Many sites said that they would only take students from local universities. I am currently sitting out a semester because my preceptors practice (MD side) all of a sudden decided they would not take NP students. My institution is trying as much as they can to help, but it may mean going out of state. (!) I do not think it's horrible having to find your own, as long as you are given some resources, which I was (past preceptors, emergency contacts)... A huge issue is NPs not wanting to take students. I agree with other posters that if they're not getting paid to, why should they? Those offices I call that do have student friendly NPs seem inundated with requests, and I kind of get that "Siiiiiiigh, I would like to help you, but I've had students with me for a year and I really need a break." We are only allowed to do a certain number of hours with specialty/MD and I was hoping to save these in case I had a specialty NP that I could follow for a bit. Also, some are in positions where NPs state "we only get the walk-ins, and the MDs aren't NP student friendly." Frustrating. I'm all for having it set up for me, as then I wouldn't be twiddling my thumbs while all my classmates spring ahead. Unfortunately, even brick and mortar schools are starting to follow this standard. A friend at a very well known NP program has been working on her degree for 4 years because of schedule changes, school being unable to set up a reliable preceptor, etc. I believe it is the new norm... I think the answer lies more in a nationwide requirement for an established NP residency than putting all the burden on the school. Some programs I know of blend some of the MD components with NP components (didactic and clinical). I would have loved to do a program like that!
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    Black Eye w/ Fractured Arm - Mother Afraid of Son

    The moment when you ask, "are you safe in your home," and their mouth says yes, but their eyes say no ...
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    Make a Child's Day While They are In the Hospital

    Know popular cartoons for young kids! Singing "Time for your check-up! Time for your check-up!" can make listening to lung sounds a breeze. (For those of you w/o kids, youtube "Doc McStuffins)
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    ER: A Family's Emotional Well Being

    I was being precepted by a nurse once who got in the face of a surgeon yelling at her to run a pt straight to the OR, in order to let him kiss his wife goodbye. I'll never forget that courage. You probably did more than you know. God Bless you!
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    Overqualified? What the Heck?

    And so, when told you are "Overqualified," confidently ask "Can I have your job, then?"
  7. Very good article, I like your examples! I agree that not enough nurses put enough time into their documentation (not that we're given enough time) but quality definitely counts over quantity!
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    Hard and Soft Skills

    I started in healthcare about 5 years ago, and I was told that in my first interview... they want nurses who will bring up pt satisfaction scores with the impending reviews coming up. This is especially true for elective surgeries and maternal wards, where people usually have a choice in where they seek care.
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    Confessions of a Hospital Administrator

    This is great advice, if you want respect and loyalty from your nurses!
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    Academic Rejection is a Positive Thing

    At my program, I was rejected for fall semester and they called me when they had secured funds for an extra class in the spring, I didn't have to apply again or pay the fee! Also, when I got in, I found that the class from the fall were no where near as awesome as my classmates in the Spring class. I believe that these things all work out, in the end!
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    The Elephant in the Room

    I agree with you, Armygirl7. I was just thinking as I read this "If only I had the time to take the elephant out of the room." There are so many missed opportunities to address important aspects of patient care such as this, simply because we don't have the time and resources. Siiigh.
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    Seasonal Flu Shot Nurses / Immunization Nurses

    For a while I was unable to find work in a hospital and did flu shots clinics... Now my patients tell me I give the best injections ever. That is a secondary benefit ;-)
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    Nursing School Won't Teach You These Things (Part 1)

    5. Sometimes the worst nurses fly under the radar undetected. ^Scariest of all.
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    A Nurse Who Gives Thanks on the Thanksgiving Holiday

    I don't mind working on Thanksgiving. My co-workers are a part of my family. Hope you all have a great holiday, and thanks Commuter for reminding us to be thankful!
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    "I Haven't Made Any Friends Yet!"

    My support group was so important while I was in nursing school, even though I was older (this was my second degree). However, I'm really not in touch with them anymore... go figure.