Nurse Practitioners :Precepting the Next Generation.
Nurse Practitioners students need at least 500 clinical hours and more in different disciplines. Each discipline requires x number of hours to enhance the learning experience and meet requirements for graduation and to sit for certifications. Not all schools and universities offer help in finding preceptors or find/contract preceptors for their students. The students are told to find their own preceptors. If a student cannot secure a preceptor in a determined manner, then that student may have to sit out of that term/class until they can.
What makes finding preceptors difficult is that the working Nurse Practitioner may not be able to precept even if they want to. Many working Nurse Practitioners are bound by contracts that may not let them precept because it will interfere with productivity. Some contracts state that any additional work done is owe to the company and not the Nurse Practitioner. Teaching work places may have contracts in place that stipulate that only the schools or universities listed in a collaborating contract may be accepted at the work place.
What makes student Nurse Practitioners different than many other disciplines is all Nurse Practitioners hold a Registered Nurse licenses with prior training and education. The Registered Nurses may have many years of work experience. Many work part time or full time jobs as Registered Nurses, attend school or university part time or full time, and then manage to find time to do 20 to 30 hours a week in clinical work without pay. Nor will the preceptor receive any pay for working with the student Nurse Practitioner.
So why do it? Nurse Practitioners are encourage to pay it forward. Give the gift of giving that was given to them is the general practice. But finding a preceptor is hard. The profession now has 192,000 Nurse Practitioners. An increase of 50,000 Nurse Practitioners in the last 5 years. So demand is high for a preceptor. Some schools/universities are now contracting with preceptors/companies. Several pay for clinical sites have sprang up offering paid assistance to find a preceptor to help students. Yet, the most helpful motivation will be that, soon both certifications (AANP/ANCC) will offer renewal credit by 2017 for precepting students. Currently only the ANCC certification offers credit toward renewal if a working Nurse Practitioner precepts a student Nurse Practitioner.
Meanwhile, Nurse Practitioners are strongly encourage to grow the profession by volunteering to precept. Pass it forward to those new student Nurse Practitioners.
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