Hi everyone , this is "monica" a new latino grad, thought these nursing discussions. Today was my second day with my preceptor. Last week I had one nurse to follow everywhere. She was very sweet most of the day sharing a lot of info and very friendly. By 3pm (7a-7p shift) she was not as cooperative or informative and started doing things fast and by her self. She was though very sweet and I got several good tips. The second and third day I had a traveler nurse who had been in this unit only 3 months. I got one patient first day, two the second day. I was bored b/c both pts were very low maintenance. She was somewhat knowledgeable and I learned a few other tips with her. She got me very upset at the end of the second day by telling me that I am "too eager" and that I don't need to go home and read all the time, "it will come to you" she said. wouldn't you think that a preceptor is like some sore of a model, an inspiration for the new nurse, someone very professional, knowledgeable and ethical. When i met my real preceptor on monday, I asked him for challenging pts. I showed him that I was active and conscientious and he was impressed that I answered a lot of his questions, and in general I have some knowledge. At the end of the day he told me that I am going to be a very good nurse, "today was an unusual busy day, but you did well, the knowledge is there, but I think I need to go back a little to show you some things around the unit like the computer, the system and so on, b/c once we get these out of the way you'll be just fine" he said.
Today, (two days later) he is so different, apparently I missed given 2 meds and someone was nice not to write "us " off. QUESTION NUMBER ONE TO YOU COLLEGES = as much as I should take responsibility and be assertive and competent, shouldn't he have been watching after me? We had and incident that day where I showed him the meds I was given earlier and he hardly looked at the kardex, a few minutes later "I " caught that it was the wrong time and did not give it. Today he gave me a pt with a peg tube, a tracheostomy, end stage renal failure, a bellow knee amputation (years ago), scheduled for dialysis and so on. He said that I can learn a lot w/ this pt. I agreed but I felt that he was not with me enough and so many tubes still intimidate me specially when I am suctioning. He was rather quiet and maybe in a bad mood. He got upset a few times that he caught me asking small questions to other nurses. I did this b/c either he was on the phone (personal calls several times) or w/ a doctor, or I could not find him or he ignored me when I asked him. QUESTION NUMERO DOS. He was for me to learn fast, he is allowing me to push IV meds and I don't have IV certification yet, should I not do it. Please give me some advice. NUMERO TRES should he give me pts so extremely sick so soon? I am a troublemaker? Thank you. Monica