What a great question!!
I graduated in May of this year and began my internship in June. I was nervous about my preceptor, he is male, which intimidated me at first..and I am not sure why. Maybe I was afraid I couldnt be close or as open to a male preceptor. Well 4 weeks have past and I think he is the perfect preceptor for me!!
The things that have been and are important to me are: Learning by doing, if I dont know how to do something or have never done something I tell my preceptor that I need to be walked through it or watch this time. I am a visual person and this really helps!!
My preceptor asked me if there were any areas where I felt I needed extra attention, I was glad he asked!!
Knowing where things are and who the nurses, doctors, pharmacists really helps. My preceptor lets me know all of this.
I feel that if I am in over my head I can ask! I think open lines of communication are very important!!
Another thing that I have found I like about my preceptor is his ability to laugh and have a good time while we work and learn
I think understanding the machinery, flowsheets, tube system, monitors etc. has made things more comfortable for me. I spend less time worrying about how to deal with the little things and am able to focus on what is really important..my patients.
Also..positive reenforcement is great! Its nice to get feedback on ones work. I like that my preceptor will watch me do something and then if he knows of a safer, easier or simpler way..he shares it with me!! I like knowing where I stand.
I hope this helps
I think one of the signs of a great preceptor is one who wants to be great at it...you are well on your way!!