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hi, i'm a new grad and i started with my preceptor recently. i love her. she is very experienced and smart. patients, doctors, and nurses think she's wonderful. she's really is amazing. my problem is that she is too good. she's been here for so long that she can just do things without thinking about it. she knows what needs to be done and she does it. she's a good teacher, but is also very busy (we are in icu) and doesn't have time to explain every little thing she does. i've already learned a ton from watching her, but there are so many steps that she can skip that i don't even know about.
precepting is hard work! we all have a sixth sense we've developed from years of experience, and most of us don't even realize how many steps we're skipping until you stop us and ask about them! so stop us and ask us! i'd much rather have you stop me and ask me how i know this or what i've just done since i did it so fast you couldn't keep up that not ask and not learn.
precepting is an excellent opportunity for us to learn, too. when i have to stop to answer an orientee's question, it solidifies my knowlege for me . . . or else it brings home to me that if i don't understand this well enough to explain it, i have some looking up to do! when i stop learning, it'll be time to quit nursing, so keep asking those questions!
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i guess my question is, how can i learn everything i need to? she's taking a vacation next month so i am going to ask her if she will let me spend a day with the iv nurse and one day with the unit secretary to learn how to enter/remove orders, how to page, who to page, all that kind of stuff. does anyone else have any ideas for resources that i can use to get a thorough orientation?
a day with an iv nurse is an excellent idea -- sharpen your iv skills! maybe two days. also, a day or two with the unit secretary. you'll learn how things work, who to call, how to call and all that stuff -- plus it's an excellent opportunity to solidify a working relationship with the secretaries. that's going to reap benefits for as long as you work there!
how about a day with rt? if you're in a surgical unit, maybe you can observe in the or. if you'll be required to float to another unit once you're off orientation, ask for a couple of days with a nurse in that unit. if you haven't already done so, maybe a day looking through policies and procedures or a scavenger hunt on the unit. is there another nurse on the unit that you'd like to work with? maybe she's better at drawing abgs than your preceptor or has a different take on support of the family. maybe she'd be willing to work with you for a few days. a day in cath lab, par or pre-op holding to find out what goes there? anything you can think of that might interest you and be a good learning opportunity. your preceptor can let you know what's appropriate and what isn't.
good luck to you!