"A period of practical experience and training for a student, especially of medicine or nursing, that is supervised by an expert or specialist in a particular field".
If you are currently a nursing student or trying to get into a nursing program you should know what this word means. Most students, from the time they are accepted into a nursing program, already have an idea of where they would like to work as a future RN. We may speak about it to our classmates, our families, we may get excited when we learn about that particular topic in class, and we may even speak about it nonstop no matter the time or the place.
When i was younger I was so sure I was going to work with babies or children. As I've gotten older and working as a CNA (certified nursing aide) I realized that I am much better working with adults. The first day I worked on an ICU (intensive care unit) floor, I realized that the ICU was the place for me. It is amazing to have this type revelation!
And then, there comes that point where clinical stop and preceptorship begins. That point was at the end of the 6th quarter, my teacher came into our Pediatric class and told us to write down our top three choices for placement. Half of my class wanted maternity or infants/toddlers. 5% of my class was interested in fields likes Psychiatry or Geriatrics. And 45%, including myself, was interested in critical care. Of course, I picked ICU, critical care, and ER as my top three choices. It is funny when I think back of the old Avalon, she wouldn't touch any of these choices with a ten foot pole! Sometimes what you think you want is not where you are meant to be.
So, I said all of that to say I found out this week that I will be placed in a type of critical care area that has always seemed very interesting to me. PCU- progressive care unit-telemetry. This is somewhat of a ICU step down unit, where the patients are not sick enough to be in the ICU and too sick to be on the medical-surgical floor.
I am super excited for this experience! We start our preceptorship in October. We have to "work" when our preceptor is working, no matter if it is 7am-7pm or 7pm-7am. It is going to be so much fun!
Positivity Beckons Positivity,