Quote from barbaratruth
I'm beginning my fourth week of orientation. Each week I have a different preceptor.
Can someone please clarify exactly what the role of "preceptor" includes? I'm wondering if I have unrealistic expectations.
The preceptors are given extra compensation, however, they don't seem to want to precept and appear resentful at having to orient me and another nurse on the unit.
I was at the top of my nursing class, did internships, have additional education and feel that I was misled during the interview process. I'm making great progress, yet I feel the team wants me to be the equivalent of an experienced nurse.
I feel that I am on my own as a new grad and that if I don't meet the team's "approval", I'll be unemployed.
I'm sorry that your orientation has been so rough.
I'm on the TCU/rehab floor of a LTC, and although there is not a formal orientation program, my orientation has been great thus far.
Today was the start of my third full week on the floor (I work M-F). I primarily follow a nurse who works 4 days/week, so I have had a good amount of consistency. Also, I have been consistently with the same nurse on my primary preceptor's day off, which has been helpful, because she knows me and has some idea of where I'm at.
I think the role of the preceptor, as others have mentioned, is to introduce you to the culture of the unit, help you learn what needs doing and allow you to observe what they do so that you can gain confidence and develop your own routine.
My first few days on the floor I just watched.
The next week and a half, I did the med passes, a few treatments, and probably about half the notes/documentation needed. She did the other half of the txs, notes & did admissions and discharges.
I spent most of last week with the nurse who is our unit coordinator learning paperwork for labs, Coumadin, dealing with orders both on paper & in the computer, and going over what needs done for an admission & discharge. I did my first admission & several discharges toward the end of the week.
Today I refreshed my memory on the med pass (with the nurse I follow when my primary preceptor is out) and tomorrow, when my preceptor is back, she is going to have me try to do everything with her there as back up if I get bogged down or overwhelmed (which I imagine will happen easily--there are 10 patients on my team right now, one is going home tomorrow which will leave me two empty beds..)
Can you go to your NM and talk about your preceptor issues, just to let her know you'd feel less overwhelmed if there was some consistency? Or is there maybe another nurse on the floor you'd be comfortable to talk to?
Let us know what happens.