Need a Preceptor? Try the New Preceptor Connection

Sigh. The problem of finding a preceptor to help out with your clinical hours as a nurse practitioner student is a difficult one. NP students email me nearly every day crossing their fingers to be matched up with a nurse practitioner willing to host them for a month or two. While sometimes I can help, many times I don't have a personal or professional connection in their area. 

I've been thinking of ways to solve this problem. And, it's a tough one. I'm convinced money is not the way. The cost of a nurse practitioner program is substantial enough without having to dish out additional dollars to find someone willing to help train you clinically. So, I've come up with what I hope will be the start of a non-fiscal solution. 

If you haven't heard of MyMidlevelU, this is a private area of the MidlevelU website containing message boards, video content, and more. Frankly, if you haven't checked it out you're missing out! On the MyMidlevelU message board, I've created a place where nurse practitioner students can link up with willing preceptors. It's called "Preceptor Connection". 

Here's how it works:

  1. If you are a nurse practitioner willing to precept an NP clinical student (please, please!) or an NP student seeking a preceptor, create a MyMidlevelU account here
  2. Once you are logged in to your new account, click the "Message Boards" tab in the orange bar. This will take you into the message board section of MyMidlevelU (feel free to peruse!)
  3. If you are a nurse practitioner willing to precept an NP student, click "Preceptor Connection". Browse the posts to see if there are any NP students searching for preceptors in your area. If you don't see a match, click "Create a Post" to post a comment letting seeking NP students know of your availability. 
  4. If you are an NP student seeking a preceptor, click "Preceptor Connection". Look through the posts to see if there is a preceptor who might be a good match for your clinical needs. If you don't find what you are looking for, click "Create a Post" to broadcast your need to willing preceptors. 

My hope is that with Preceptor Connection, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other providers can connect with NP students across the country. To make this work, we need experienced nurse practitioners to step up and volunteer to precept. Why should you precept an NP student? Here are 5 reasons. Happy matching!

 

Have you had success with Preceptor Connection? Let us know by posting on the message board or sending us an email at midlevelu@midlevelu.com. 

 

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Comments

In need of 4 clinical sites in Illinois. Lifespan, womens, childrens, and family practice.
Thank you.

Melissa

In need of 4 clinical sites in Illinois. Lifespan, womens, childrens, and family practice.
Thank you.

Melissa

I need a Preeptr fr women"s health ASAP 15 clinical hus

Lisa Service

I am in need of a preceptor for women health asap. I have to get a preceptor to do an additional 90 hours of clinical by March 10,2017. I live in Alabama. I am willing to drive a hour or so.
Please, Please help. You can contact me by emailing me at jenkinstanya77@yahoo.com

Tanya Jenkins

I'm in desperate need for a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner preceptor in Illinois for January-May of 2018 need contract secured by October 1st 2017. 1determinednurse@gmail.com

Tara Ridgeway

I am desperately seeking a pediatric nurse practitioner preceptor for Fall 2017 in Maryland. Please ! I am past the deadline! I need 160 hours to be done in about 10 weeks and I am willing to travel within reason. This will not be my first rotation and I have been a nurse for many years so I will not need a lot of hand holding! Please help!!

Miryam Baer

Hi,
My name is Kathy and I live in Littleton, Coloraodo and I am searching for a preceptor/NP women's care or Gyn. 11 weeks, 144 hours for end of August/Sept. start. 2017. Please, Please... needing help. Thank you so much.
Kathy
Kburke6815@aol.com

kathleen Burke

My preceptor backed out and need one for July 27 through October 4th in North Carolina Adult/Gerentology

Faith Beking

My pediatrics preceptor changed jobs and I am desperately searching a placement in either family practice/primary care or pediatrics this summer June and July. I am from Birmingham AL and am willing to travel anywhere in the state. rsalzberg@troy.edu - thanks to anyone that might offer assistance!

Rebecca Salzberg

I am in desperate need of a CNM preceptor starting in May to November for two clinical semesters. My preceptor that was planned is now leaving the lractice in April and I have no one else. I live in the Orlando area e mail tmr0113@gmail.com

Tiffany Rubio

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