So, I had an internship this past summer that was truly amazing! I learned so much, especially being under the guidance of my preceptor, who firmly believed in me figuring stuff out (under her close supervision, of course).
I really appreciated everything she did, and near the end of the internship, we had finally come to understand each other.
Pity it took eight weeks to get there.
Considering my upcoming graduation and then new job, I have been contemplating the fact that I will soon be placed under a preceptor, this time someone I will work with on a regular basis. This makes me a little nervous. I mean, I did learn a lot about honest communication and explaining frustration, but my personality just didn't click with my preceptor's, and I felt bullied by her sometimes. I wish I could have had a chance to really sit down with her and talk about each other BEFORE the internship had officially started. Then maybe it could have worked out just a little bit better, with a better understanding of each other.
So, I was thinking...do jobs in certain hospitals let this happen? What I would love to do is have a meeting before the job started. A "get to know you" meeting. Like, I need a guide to this person. I want to know THEIR strengths and weaknesses, and I want to share mine with them upfront. I want to know their past experiences with new grads. What they expect me to do, etc.
Some might argue that you can do this during the work times. I beg to differ. Work is for work, other people are often around, and there is no mindset of "getting to know you." I am under their supervision, and that sometimes constrains what I feel I can say in a moment.
And THEN, it would be awesome if there was follow up into orientation. Like, perhaps separate meetings with a manager or something, where we can both discuss each other and progress, problems, concerns, etc. Have a mediator and someone looking out for the situation.
I don't know...does this already happen, and I just don't know about it? Am I totally off the wall here?