Residency: My First Mistake! - page 2

I am also trying to work more shifts back to back on the weekends, but this comes with consequences. Sometimes I forget that this is a job that involves many people & constant human interaction with... Read More

  1. by   sunny time
    if your preceptor had all 6 of these patients she would be begging for help shooting out orders to the Corpsman and not as perfect as she thinks she is. remember when blood is involved or breathing that takes precedent over charting. charting can be done after the emergent situation is over. No one is perfect. understand no One is perfect. not even your preceptor. even if she thinks she is. learn the things you can and make a list for yourself. strive to do one thing well. each day. keep a log and you will be able to monitor your progress. don't condemn yourself. you will be a phenomenon nurse. remember you can't do it all yourself, ask for help. tell your preceptor that you are new and can't keep up to her standard. that you would like her to cut you loose for your self esteem and mental health. Good Luck to you. I don't know the reason your instructor would allow a new nurse (1 year) to precept a student. the preceptor is not much more knowledgeable than you she just has 1 year more experience.
  2. by   explorereb96
    It sounds like you and I had the same preceptor. I've heard the owrd "perfect" and "high standards" way too many times. I have been an LPN for 30 years and I began my career at a hospital. I spent 1 year in Med Surg before going into critical care. Of course over time things changed and Magnet Hospitals came into vogue. Out with all of the LPNs and the RNs were warned to start classes for BSN or no job. So, after 10 years I had to find another "niche." I found a great job in a Pediatric Subacute Facility. When I moved to Florida, I decided I wanted my RN. At 52 I graduated with my ADN with all prerequites for BSN finished. All I need is the Core Nursing courses for my BSN. I graduated this December and will be taking NCLEX at the beginning of February. I was just offered an ICU position with 12 weeks of training. My preceptor was a BSN educated nurse of 3 years. I liked her because she was tough on me. The only thing is that she should have saved that "perfect" and "high standards" for someone that has never had ANY experience in the hospital setting. I know reality already. I can't "forget" my experience in the hospital. My experience back then was that of primary nursing with only IV fluids and blood products being handled by the RN. Back then we WERE able to assess, critical think, AND care plan. No, the RN did NOT do my admission intial assessment, I did. It matters little now that I am an RN (or will be as soon as I pass NCLEX)..but the experience doesn't just "go away." I think it's hard for some to grasp that unless you have been a nurse this long and remember what it was like then verses now. I have never been perfect but I strive to be the best that I can for all of my patients. Life is not perfect, medicine is "practiced" and not promised, and patients are all different.

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