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On my way!

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I had my first official day of precepting this week! Typically we don’t start until our last quarter, but I asked if there was a way to get in more hours of practice. As they say “ask (early enough and get all the dirty work done) and you shall receive.” I was fortunate enough to be able to take on an extra preceptorship on my own time on a peds unit at a nearby hospital.

Most of the day was an orientation to the unit, getting familiar with the nurses and the way they function as a team. My preceptor and I had patients, but I mostly shadowed his work, helping as needed. And while I thought I would have wanted to jump right in, I actually enjoyed just being able to follow along and see how he works and take it all in. I was really surprised as to how comfortable I started to feel in terms of my skills, even though I wasn’t actually practicing anything. I think working in a hospital as a CNA has really boosted my confidence. And on top of that – there’s no instructor following your footsteps making you even more nervous about making a mistake.

It got me thinking about a nursing school that would be all precepting. No direct instructor. If there were actually nurses out there willing to take on new nursing students (ok, maybe this is sounding a bit far fetched now…), but to have that consistent experience of what it’s like to be a nurse working a full shift from the beginning, might change the way we practice as new grads for the better. Of course there are a billion liability issues I am sure… but I think it might help to really get to experience it all like first hand, rather than in the typical ten student to one instructor method we’ve got going right now.

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Ani Burr, RN

I'm a brand new, full-fledged, fresh-out-of-school RN! And better yet, I landed the job of my dreams working with children. I love what I do, and while everyday on the job is a new (and sometimes scary) experience, I'm taking it all in - absorbing everything I can about this amazing profession we all fell in love with.

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3 Responses to On my way!

  1. Amy

    They still need a minimal classroom base…fundamental science integration into nursing theory…but what you describe is how nursing education was primarily delivered in the 3 year hospital based diploma programs.

  2. Samantha Martinez

    I totally agree! Maybe not having the whole nursing school be preceptorship, but a longer period of doing so.

  3. Abby Student

    I’m still new to the lingo. I’m not in the clinical program yet. So what’s precptorship