Why Is It So Hard to Find a Preceptor?
Finding a preceptor was one of the most difficult things I have had to do thus far on my journey to becoming a family nurse practitioner. I believe what made this so difficult is dealing with the rejection - and sometimes rudeness - that I encountered. I also felt helpless, since this is the only part of my education that is out of my control.
I understand that not everyone wants to precept a student. I understand there is inherent responsibility that comes with the role of preceptor, and often it's a bad experience with a student that creates negativity. I understand and except "no." I understand less the lack of any response. Yes, I can assume that silence equates to a "no," but it would be nice to feel I was professionally worth the "no."
I was lucky - luckier than most. I found the proverbial needle in the haystack (with some help from a local agency). I found an awesome preceptor, one who is skilled, knowledgeable and liked having a student.
As my semester creeps to an end, I say goodbye to one amazing preceptor. Hopefully, I will say hello to an equally amazing new preceptor this fall. I just wish there was some network or better, more efficient way to find one!