1. Joy H.

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When RN colleagues ask me about NP school, I strongly caution them that clinical placement will be a barrier to completing an NP program ("Finding Clinical Placements for NP Students," AJN Reports, June). I feel very fortunate that I was able to get clinical rotations with NPs, certified nurse midwives, MDs, and physician assistants. It was not easy-I only secured these rotations through personal and professional connections.


My advice: If you don't have commitments from clinicians lined up before you start, you should put yourself on a four-to-five-year completion plan. Perhaps join your state NP association and network at events to find an NP who will take pity on you and agree to be your preceptor.


Joy H., via Facebook