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Is There an NP Preceptor Shortage?

Published April 22, 2010 11:33 AM by Jill Rollet
Lately, I've been collecting pleas from nurse practitioner students needing help lining up preceptors. These calls for help come in through national NP e-mail lists and the ADVANCE forums, blog comments and Facebook fan page.

Here's this morning's, posted to the forums:

Hello, my name is Monelle and I am currently working as a RN in San Jose California. I am a student, getting my Clinical Nurse Specialist Acute Care degree and my Family Nurse Practitioner. I am in my 2nd year of CNS school and am needing to find a NP preceptor for clinicals starting this summer. The first class will begin at the end of May and go through the summer, I only need 96 clinical hours for this class. 

I'd like to see if an NP or CNS would be so kind to allow me to work with them for my clinicals, I would happily compensate them.

Thanks so much,


Looking for an appropriate preceptor this way seems like a shot in the dark to me -- like hoping to find a job by posting your resume to Monster.com.

Has anyone out there actually found a preceptor this way? Is there a shortage of preceptors? Don't NP programs help students find preceptors? What happens to these students? Do they eventually find preceptors? Do they drop out of school?

I turned to our ongoing New Grad/Student NP Survey for a bit of insight. Not surprisingly, here's what I found:

  • 67% of new NPs and NP students who said all or almost all of their NP program was distance learning (online) also said that their program requires students to find their own preceptors. 
  • Of those who said none or almost none of their program was online, 31% said they were responsible for finding their own preceptors.
  • Conversely, only 20% of those in distance-learning programs said their school arranged or help to arrange preceptorships.
  • 55% of NPs in traditional programs said preceptors were provided by their school.

This does make some sense to me: Students need to find preceptors geographically nearby, and it's less likely that a distant institution will have a list of options where students live.

What do you think? Is finding your own preceptors too onerous?


My name is Keisha Lattier and I am currently a FNP student at Maryville University.   If there are any available Nurse Practitioners or Physicians in the DFW area that are willing to precept for Summer and or Fall 2015 please contact me.  I look forward to speaking with you.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation regarding this matter.




Keisha February 21, 2015 6:30 AM
dallas TX

I am Family Nurse Practitioner student badly in need of OB GYN preceptor. My school is Walden University and I live in Dallas Fort Worth Texas Area and am willing to drive.  Please help.


Ken Wamwiri, RN February 17, 2015 11:31 PM

I too am in desperate need of a preceptor for my woman's health and peds rotation starting in January.  I called and emailed www.ineedapreceptor.com & clinical match me several times with no response! Soooo difficult finding a preceptor, most are either working with local schools or do not precept! :/

Anyone willing (NP or MD) to precept I would SOOOO appreciate it!!!  carmona7143@att.net


Christina September 22, 2014 6:39 PM
Ft. Lauderdale FL

I understand this problem and have created a solution. www.ineedapreceptor.com so that you now have a professional service to find you a preceptor.

Dino Soriano Sr, ER - RN August 19, 2014 8:11 AM
Guyton GA

Please help me I am in my last week to find one.  I have been searching even mailing out random letters using NPfinder.com.  I live in IL and am looking for an FNP preceptor.  

Alishia Hoffman August 13, 2014 10:54 PM
Frankfort IL

Hi, I am having the same issue. I am looking for preceptors (MD,DO, or NP) in family practice, pediatrics, and women's health. If anyone knows of someone willing to precept please let me know. I am in Indiana. Please email me at jonesta2011@gmail.com.


Tracie Jones August 13, 2014 8:35 AM

I am a current FNP student in Maryville University.  I am desperately looking for a preceptor in the McKinney /Dallas TX area for OB/GYN. Please help - julietj47@yahoo.com.

Juliet July 8, 2014 6:40 PM
Mckinney TX

FNP student that started a preceptor management service to help students find preceptors and to manage the paper work that goes with it.


Dino Soriano, ED - RN April 21, 2014 4:41 PM
Savannah GA

Just got f the phone with this pushy recruiter from WALDEN UNIVERSITY who did not care hearing about my rant on finding a preceptor for their FAMILY NURSE PRACTIONER PROGRAM. I told her of the difficulty one of my female colleagues is having obtaining an OB GYN preceptor. So, this will be nearly impossible for me. I am a male. The recruiter minimized my concern to dismissing it. It appeared she was concerned with just the money issue. Since the start of their program Walden has increased its tuition dramatically! It is INSANE from 22 to 34,000 just in 2 years. Good look with finding a preceptor for OBGYN you will need it. Burt

Burt , RNNAD April 2, 2014 3:44 PM

I am in Dallas,  Ga I am looking for a preceptor for my Ob/gyn rotation starting this December 2013.  My school is Walden University.  I am willing to travel anywhere in the Atlanta area.

Annette, Oncology - RN November 18, 2013 3:55 PM
Dallas GA

If you are a FNP and are interested in being a preceptor for a Family Nurse Practioner Student. Please e-mail or call me at roniesanders2108@yahoo.com.  My school is Walden University and I would live in Dallas Texas and am willing to drive.  I am desperate.

Veronica Watson November 6, 2013 3:26 PM

Hi %0d%0aI am looking for a preceptor for my first semester in the family nurse practitioner and it is the adult semester.  My school is Walden University and I am desperate to find one who has a contract with my school as I have to have the paperwork in by December 3, 2013 to start in March 2014.  Please help!! If you are interested and have a contract with Walden University please contact me by e-mail ASAP.  Thank you

Veronica Watson, med- surg - RN, Parkland November 6, 2013 3:18 PM
Dallas TX


megan mendez, fnp - rn August 20, 2013 9:19 PM
northern new jersey NJ

I am in the same boat as each of you.  Looking for a preceptor in Dallas TX for my first semester in FNP.  I do not like how these online colleges will not help just give sites that are of no help either. I anyone out there knows of any previous 1st semester NP preceptors that they used in Dallas or surrounding area willing to travel up to an hour away, please let me know at macbrown13@gmail.com.  Thanks and good luck.

Marie, FNP - BSN August 15, 2013 3:48 PM
McKinney TX

I am a current FNP student in orange county California.  I am desperately looking for Family Practice and OB/GYN MD or NP for this fall starting 8/19/13 I only have one week left to find a preceptor. If I am unable to find one I will have to wait one more year. Please help.

Tsigereda Tesfaye August 11, 2013 3:00 AM

I was accepted to the Post MSN - FNP program at Sonoma State University, I am looking for a preceptor for the fall 2013. I am bilingual in Spanish and English, responsible, and have great initiative. I will travel within 100 miles from San Francisco. If you can help please contact me at kunaii@sbcglobal.net.


Mildred Heslop.

Mildred, Homecare - RN Case manager, UCSF MC June 14, 2013 1:49 AM
San Francisco CA

I am looking for a preceptor in the McKinney /Dallas area for adult lifespan and peds If anyone who is interested place call me 504-699-5600

leontine trought May 30, 2013 1:22 PM
Mckinney TX

I am looking for a preceptor in the McKinney /Dallas area for adult lifespan and peds If anyone who is interested place call me 504-699-5600

leontine trought May 30, 2013 1:21 PM
Mckinney TX

Searching for NP to precept with, need 300 hrs starting 5/29/2013

UMASS, online program. Anticipate certification 11/2013 if I can locate a preceptor ANP/GNP. If anyone can help please e-mail.

Chicago, Illinois.

Elise, Gerontology - RN Educator, VHA May 22, 2013 7:35 PM
North Chicago IL

I am looking for a fnp preceptor in the pittsburgh area pls help!!

Kay, 412-628-2568 April 30, 2013 6:57 PM
Pittsurgh PA

I am starting the fnp in the fall and looking for a preceptor in the pittsurgh area.. pls call 412-628-2568

kay Ade, nursing - rn April 30, 2013 6:53 PM
pittsurgh PA

My name is Somaya. I'm also looking for a FNP preceptor in the Orange county area. I'm willing to travel. Please email me at sambhimaya@yahoo.com if you know of anybody who can help. Thank you so much.

Somaya Bhimaya April 11, 2013 4:46 AM
Placentia CA

I am in a nurse practitioner program through Walden University. I am currently looking to for a preceptor in the area of pediatrics.  I am seeking a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner or Pediatrician who will agree to precept me for about 8 weeks. My training is scheduled to begin in September 2013. However, my paperwork must be turned in June 2013. I currently work at Emory University Midtown as a RN.  The Nursing Manager in the OR, Karen Shields-Phillips, (404-686-2303), will substantiate my character and work ethics.

Please contact me with any information that may help me with my search 770-317-5445. Thanks for your assistance.

Rhonda Serrette, OR - RN, EUHM April 3, 2013 7:50 PM
Atlanta GA

Desperatly seeking a perceptor: %0d%0a  %0d%0aIm in the same boat as everyone that has posted on this topic. Looking for A preceptor for my first clinical for FNP program, needs to be in a primary care setting. I have exhausted all options that I have available to me. Anyone will willing to take on a student in Masschusetts  ( MD/DO/ PA/ NP) please contact me. %0d%0a%0d%0aThanks,%0d%0aDarius Taylor RN-BSN %0d%0ataylorw634@msn.com

Darius Taylor, Emergency Dept - RN , BSMC January 12, 2013 1:09 PM
Springfield MA

I am in the same boat. If anyone knows of anyone in the los angeles area willing to precept please send me an email shawnaus17@gmail.com

Shawn, CVICU - RN October 12, 2012 7:20 PM
Los Angeles CA

Hello all,

After reading all the comments before me, I realize I am one of the million FNP students looking for a preceptor. I currently attend La Salle University's Family Nurse Practitioner program. I need to find a physician or nurse practitioner who works in the OB-GYN or GYN setting and is willing to precept me. I need to submit there name and contact info by Oct 12th, however the rotation would be from Jan 2013 to April 2013 for 1 day per week. If anyone out there can help, I would greatly appreciate it. If I do not find a preceptor I can not continue with the program.

I can be contacted at psillosa2@student.lasalle.edu


Anna Psillos. RN.CWOCN, FNP student.

Anna Psillos, Wound care - CWOCN, Kindred Hospital September 29, 2012 11:41 AM
Havertown PA

Hello everybody, I am in desperate need of finding a family nurse practitioner to precept me in New Jersey.  My school told me that using a family medical doctor was not good enough!!!  I am desperate!!  I have to find one in 30 days or I will have to withdraw!!   It is a shame-I have only 5 classes to graduate!!!  Help me please!!!

Susan Rufolo, ER - RN BSN August 9, 2012 11:38 AM
Iselin NJ

Hello, my name is Erin and I am currently working in Labor and Delivery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.  This fall commences the final year of my MSN in midwifery as well as a clinical nurse specialist.  I will be working with a CNM in Austin and I am currently looking for a APN preceptor to do my last CNS clinical. This entails interpreting data and compiling evidence based practice research (preceptor can be a CNS, CNM, or NP...).  I would be most grateful if you would be willing to consider working with me this coming fall, or if you know anyone who might be interested.  It will not be a very big time commitment on the part of the preceptor as most of my work will be with the data. This is a wonderful opportunity to get some help with that research you've been meaning to do or data you've been meaning to compile!!  Thank you & all the best.  Warm Regards, Erin

Erin Miksic, BSN, RN

MSN-CNS/CNM Candidate 2013

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing &

Shenandoah University

t: 917.664.2106

e: emiksic1@jhu.edu

and/or erinmiksic@gmail.com

Erin Miksic, OB/GYN - RN, Johns Hopkins June 15, 2012 1:55 PM
Baltimore MD

I am an RN who currently works in the ED. I am working on my master's degree in FNP. I start clinicals in March, but have had a terrible time getting someone to precept me, especially in Peds. I have about 4-5 pages of physician offices I have called in the past couple of days without many takers. I'm getting desperate! I did not realize that getting someone to precept me would be such a laborious task. Any suggestions or recommendations welcome. :)

Kimberly Reffitt, ED - RN, Miami Valley Hospital January 20, 2012 4:55 PM
Dayton OH

I am a student in Sacramento California in an FNP program looking for a preceptor. i will be willing to travel at least and hour and have had no luck with cold calling. Please anyone can you help.

Linda King-Patriquin  



Linda King-Patriquin January 20, 2012 3:29 AM
Sacramento CA

Additional comment:  I see some of you had success sharing preceptors with other classmates.  We have 1st year and 2nd year students in school.  Those in 2nd year ARE NOT willing to share any secrets.  Those of us entering 2nd year are worried we won't find a spot.

In my 20 + years of nursing, I have precepted at least a hundred students and new hire employees everywhere I went.

Not sure whatever happened to paying it forward.  

Marie Szczesny December 28, 2011 9:30 PM
Port Saint Lucie FL

What appears to be common in our area is a list of names which is not up to date.  It is also common to find a practitioner who already has up to 6 students already in the clinical area.  What I can't seem to find is an AVAILABLE nurse practitioner who is willing to precept a student.  It's increasingly difficult and discouraging to line up preceptors.

If there is a merciful nurse practitioner in the St. Lucie county or Martin county area of Florida willing to be a preceptor, please contact me at marie.szczesnyrn@gmail.com.

Marie, Family Nurse Practitioner student - BSN, RN December 28, 2011 9:23 PM
Port Saint Lucie FL

I was anticipating next semester, but now I'm really feeling discouraged. I begin my clinical rotation Jan 9, 2012 and I don't have a definite preceptor as of now. I didn't realize that finding a preceptor would be such a challenge. I'm trying to stay positive about it. I know that when I finish this program I would be willing to help anyone meet his/her goals. I wish all of you the best of luck!

Chiquita Hicks, FNP student - C. Hicks RN, BSN, indiana State University December 21, 2011 9:49 PM
Macon GA

I went to a hybrid FNP program. We went to class once a week in person and did the rest online. We were responsible for obtaining own preceptors. I cold called people (and it did work). I also asked my own doctor (who took me for two semesters!!). I also shared preceptors with my classmates.

Janice, FNP September 29, 2011 8:31 AM

I am finishing my nurse practitioner course and need to start clinical training by January 2012.  I am looking family, pediatric, and OB/GYN nurse practitioner preceptors.  Would you please take me, so I learn from you and I can serve my community?  I live in Sacramento of California, but I can go anywhere to be trained under nurse practitioners.  please consider me to be your preceptee.  I will be grateful.  

Hulda Kim September 28, 2011 11:57 PM
Sacramento CA

Same here.  No one wants free labor, I guess.  I'm needing 3 more rotations at 10 wks each.  Sitting out of school now for the 2nd semester and about $20,000 in the hole.  Just 4 more courses til graduation and nobody wants to be a preceptor.  Unbelievable, I say.  I dream of a day when I can teach a student!  

Jeremy, BSN, RN (ANP Student)

South University

Dallas, TX

Jeremy, RN August 13, 2011 1:06 PM
Dallas TX

I too attend an on-line MSN program. I am in the family nurse practitioner track.  I am looking for preceptors in the Northwest Arkansas area, but I am willing to travel up to 100 miles.  The hunt for preceptors is frustrating and disheartening.  I always willingly precepted new RN grads.  I had no idea it would be this difficult to find FNP  preceptors.

Thomasine, , RN, FNP Student Gonzaga University July 3, 2011 12:08 AM
Rogers AR

I am a current FNP student here in orange county california.  I have a month left to look for OB/GYN NP or MD to do my clinical rotation this coming 8/20/11. I only need 45 hours and have been trying to call almost every doctors here in OC but had no luck.   Since i am a male student i suspected that it going to be a challenge to find a preceptor but had no idea that it going to be this hard.  So please if there any NP or MD willing to preceptor me i will be very grateful.  My email is dean_888@yahoo.com

Dean Ngo, PACU - RN, Kaiser June 27, 2011 10:10 PM
Placentia CA

I am in the same boat as well, and sadly, I only have about 120 hours left needed of adult and geriatric precepted clinical hours to graduate, and nay have to drop out as well if it is not achieved soon. I am lloking for any NP, PA or MD in a clinic or private office setting anywhere in CT to work with. PLEASE.....if you are willing to do this for me, please respond ASAP>

Thanks! I attend Indiana State University online and live in CT.

Candace, L&D - RN, Mid-State Medical Center February 5, 2011 5:54 AM

I never would of thought locating a preceptor would be so difficult. I may have to drop out the program completely. I am desperate. If anyone can help please let me know. %0d%0a%0d%0aThanks%0d%0a%0d%0aDawn

Dawn Aycock, Nursing - RN, South University January 4, 2011 10:58 PM
Lakeland FL

FINDING PRECEPTORS IS HORRIBLE! When one is working full-time, trying to study, and then trying to find preceptors, it is agonizing & exhausting. If I didn't shave my head, I'd be pulling out my hair.

I live in Indiana. If any of you know any preceptors, or are willing to be a preceptor, could you e-mail me...SOON!

R L November 6, 2010 5:40 PM

Hello fellow NP students,

From what I am reading I guess we are in the same boat. I am a student at Drexel University and I am currently looking for preceptors for next year, yes, next year. I find that looking for preceptors is like a game of endurance and persistence. Thankfully, I am persistent! Because otherwise I would have lost it already, it is not an easy task to find a willing preceptor, I call, write, call other NPs and nurses and will use gorilla tactics if I have to!! I know their are some great NP's out there who love to share their expertise and knowledge.  If this is you, Please contact Drexel University and I assure you the students will get in line to talk to you! But, me first!

Marybeth , RN September 13, 2010 3:21 PM
Philadelphia PA

I need a pediatric NP to preceptor me this term. Does anyone know where I may go? I am willing to commute if needed from Jacksonville to Gainesville to anywhere... Please help

August 28, 2010 2:12 PM

My school is partially online and will help students find preceptors when they can.  Unfortunatley many agencies that schools have used in the past are no longer accepting students.  This summer I am taking a women's health course (I"m in the Family track) I just went through 5 recommendations from my professor all of which turned me down.  I also got turned down by 4 places I called myself before I found an NP who all ready had a student and agreed to give me one day a week for one month.  I'm going to supplment my time in a geriatic clinic where the MD offered to help me out after hearing my tale of woe.  I was turned down for multiple reasons including we're busy interviewing, the office is to small for another person, we're moving locations, and we're not taking students for the forseeable future.  It's very dishartening as a student.  I also posted a request on our states NP forum but got no response.  I always precept undergrads at my job because I feel it is a way to give back.  I'm surprised that so many of us are having a hard time and I hope future students don't run into the same problem.

Renee June 17, 2010 7:35 PM

I love to precept NP and nursing students. I work in a rural family practice office in North Florida. I did my BSN and MSN online and had to find my own preceptors in my community around working full time at the hospital. It was hard and I used a lot of doctors as preceptors instead of NPs.

Jennifer Scott, Family - FNP, Palms Medical Group May 29, 2010 4:54 PM
Branford FL

I am a FNP student with Indiana Wesleyan University and will graduate in about 8 months. Our program is mostly an online program. Finding NP preceptors has been somewhat difficult because in my area, many of the NP's are adjunct faculty at either the University of Cincinnati, or Northern Kentucky University and will not precept anyone but the students who are enrolled in their university programs. I even went so far as to obtain a nursing license for the state of Indiana to round out my Kentucky and Ohio licenses in case I need to travel to find a preceptor within a 30 mile radius of Cincinnati.

NP students either have to personally know a NP or physician, or get lucky with the dozens of cold phone calls that they have to make before finding a willing preceptor. I was lucky enough to find one thru the Ky. Coalititon of NP's and Nurse Midwives. The others I knew personally. I have been very lucky to have had some wonderful preceptors so far although I'm not sure yet where I will find preceptors for my last rotation which starts in October - Primary Care of the Family.

I think NP's could do a better job of promoting the profession by starting with the NP students who need great preceptors. I know that not everyone is cut out for being a preceptor, it takes patience, understanding and the desire to teach. Forming a relationship with a NP student could be very rewarding as you watch the NP student evolve and develop into a great NP - just like you and realize that you were partially to credit for the transition.

Mary, Emergency - RN BSN, hospital May 28, 2010 8:51 PM
Cincinnati OH

Not sure if this is clear (after reading David's reply) My program is NOT  an online program. The campus is one mile from my house and many of my professors live close-by yet no one from the school helped students arrange preceptors. If you live far away from school or are doing an online program, I can understand the school not setting students up with preceptors. But if everyone shares the same community, why not at least provide some leads? A good clinical experience is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. Cold calling? Ridiculous and downright dangerous!

Jessica, New Grad:) May 16, 2010 9:24 AM

I wish that the schools were all required  to find students preceptors. Mine did and it took a burden off of me. The first group who has a crack at preceptors is the med students then it appears the PA students. The federal gov't compensates people who precept med students. It is thousands of dollars. NP's zip, nada.

Suzanne, IM - NP May 12, 2010 1:54 PM

So glad I am not attending an online school. All our preceptors are arranged for the whole program.

David May 11, 2010 12:07 PM

In response to Laura, I am feeling your pain, regarding the all day long searches for preceptors. Clinical talk started in the middle of my pharm course. I had just had some drama with the family, blew a test, got focused again, and then BAM! The school discussion boards were all ablaze with "Do you have a preceptor?" "No? I don't have one either!" "I'm scared!" "What are we going to do?!" I bought it hook, line, & sinker. Next thing I know, I am frantically working on clinical stuff, eventhough my clinicals aren't until fall, and I am not getting ANY studying done. BTW, I just finished my semester, and guess what I am doing? LOOKING FOR PRECEPTORS!

Rob May 6, 2010 8:12 PM

I am a student in the ACNP program at Drexel University. I was surprised to find that I would have to arrange my own clinical rotations, and did not realize the difficulty I would have in finding preceptors. I have contacted friends of friends and "cold emailed" just about everyone I could find on the internet. Its an incredibly difficult process, as I look for NPs practicing in areas in which I hope to practice someday. I think the worst part is sometimes I spend more time scouring the internet and emailing than I do studying-it takes up a large portion of my day, every day!

I have found that many of the individuals I contact are (1)already set to work with students from other programs in Philadelphia, (2) do not meet the requirements to precept (not in the in-patient setting every week), or (3) just plain not interested.

I started out worried that I wouldn't get the best clinical experience as I randomly contact potential preceptors. My worry now is that I won't get a clinical experience at all!

laura May 6, 2010 9:47 AM

excuse the spelling errors, please.. had some difficulties posting.

K. Eckland April 30, 2010 7:46 PM

As a practing ACNP and sometime preceptor, I enjoy having NP students, but do find some difficulties in that.  A few hints I can give students looking for preceptors:

1. Try to only ask for preceptors in clinical areas you enjoy - if you hate being there; then we hate having uninterested students.  Even in required rotations, pick a hospitalist service versus a medical clinic if you are interested in acute care, and so forth.

2. Keep us informed - several times I've had absolutely wonderful, delightful students who were bright, engaging, and eager to learn.. but neither the students nor the faculty gave us any idea of the expected educational experience - so it was hard for me to tailor the experience to the student's needs. Most of the time, the students did their best, so I blame the faculty on this issue - over the last several years, I have yet to hear from a faculty member even though I've had several students.  They never asked how they performed or if they even showed up.  That's not fair to you, the student - you are paying for this education - so ask us for a letter or memo discussing both your strengths, weaknesses and what you did during the experience.  It will make you a better clinician which is what we both want.

3. Try to take time to enjoy yourself, the experience and the patients - even for long time nurses returning to school, use this NEW experience to explore..

4. Lastly, I love having you, so ask around and you'll find lots of NPs like me, who really enjoy teaching, and prefer to teach our own (versus the requisite med students.)  In fact, on our service, we always take NPs over all else..

K. Eckland, Cardiac Surgery - ACNP April 30, 2010 7:45 PM

I have not yet started my clinical courses, but through my colleagues, have already gotten the word out that I will need a preceptor. Just by word of mouth, I have learned of many NPs that are precepting. But more importantly, I have joined my local and state level NP organizations and was pleasantly surprised to find that my state level organization offers a preceptor list complete with names, numbers, and addresses of NPs in the state that are willing to precept! I joined at a student rate for half the price of the regular membership and it was well worth the $$! Not to mention that the networking is phenomenal. You'd be surprised how many NPs are willing to take you under their wing :)

Katina April 30, 2010 2:08 PM

I agree, being a NP student, it is very tough finding a willing preceptor. The current Milwaukee area is saturated with students looking for clinical sites. My current class is 95 strong, 1 of 4 schools in the area. It takes approx 3 months to find someone willing. We want good experiences, but not always finding them due to shortages. It is just as frustrating to the students as it is for potential preceptors.

Debbie, critical care - registered nurse, Aurora April 29, 2010 11:52 AM
waukesha WI

I agree 100% with Wendy in terms of having an MD preceptor. I had an MD for my pedi rotation and frequently see patient's with the MDs in the primary care office if they have a "good one" coming in for an appointment. I also had a PA preceptor for OB/GYN and she was phenomenal! It has really enhanced my learning experience as different practitioners have different approaches to patient care. If your school allows for non-NP preceptors, go for it!

I also agree with Valerie that there should be some type of registry. My school is going to do something like that for next year because there are so many students. My preceptor got very frustrated this year because she kept getting call after call from students wanting to be with her, many from my own school who did not know she already had a student. Quite a waste of time and energy for both preceptor and student.

Jessica Farrone April 28, 2010 8:17 AM

I am an FNP student doing an online program with this same dilemma.  I have also resorted to the same type of "cold" calls that Jessica speaks of.  

I am currently looking for an MD or NP to work with this Fall for my adult medical rotations.  (No luck thus far, but I'll keep looking!)

I wish there were a national registry of NPs who were willing to precept students...

Valerie, FNP - RN April 24, 2010 10:03 PM
Ames IA

Just a thought, does your program require your preceptor be an NP for every rotation? When I was in school, I used a combination of pediatricians and PNPs. I thought I got a really well rounded experience, because the MDs were more focused on the medical aspect of patient care and the NPs gave me the nursing aspect as well. My program didn't require me to find my own preceptors, but I did, using my connections from employment as a nurse at my last 2 hospitals. My suggestion, if you are still working at a hospital, is there a physician you are friendly with, that you could approach about spending some time in their clinic?

And by the way, I am paying it back by precepting FNP students this summer and fall!

Wendy, NP April 24, 2010 8:52 AM

I think that there are a lot more NP students right now. My class is 24 students while the year before me was only 5. Next year's class is even bigger. Rumor has it that many students want to be done before the DNP mandate goes into effect.

I will be graduating from my FNP program in 3 weeks and I was required to find my own preceptors. It added an unnecessary, time consuming and highly stressful burden to an already difficult program. I did not know any NPs and literally found preceptors by cold calling MD offices out of the yellow pages- playing phone tag while trying to work- it was awful. I had no clue if I would have a good learning experience or not. I was very lucky that I found wonderful preceptors. Many of my classmates have horror stories about their experiences.

Jessica April 24, 2010 1:58 AM

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