Clinical rotations start in a month for the FNP program I am attending. One thing I thought was a plus for the university I attend is that they assist with clinical placement, and have agreements with places all over the state. I knew it was going to be a hard road, so I started this process with emails to the coordinator February 1st. Emails go unanswered, and so, not wanting to be a pest, I waited until April 1st to call and get an update. NOTHING HAD BEEN DONE. I saw red.
And now I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. Because it’s less that a month before the start of clinical, and I dont have placement and the panic is driving me to distraction. I should be studying for finals…
I gave the coordinator 4 places to start, and another 4 places this past Monday. I am also making phone calls to various practices including local health departments and college health centers. I even joined my local chapter of the council of NPs hoping to network, but as luck would have it, the meeting scheduled for this week was cancelled. No one is willing to precept a NP student. I get it. It’s expensive and time consuming, and unlike precepting med students, there is no government money to help offset the cost to providers.
I’m frustrated. I am also scared because I dont know what the ramifications are if I am not placed. It’s demoralizing to be shot down over and over, and so that is affecting me as well.
Keep your fingers crossed for me, folks. I appreciate it.