To my preceptor, future students beware (rant) - page 2

by leekun2010 41,219 Views | 61 Comments

Dear Preceptor, This past spring 2010 semester, I was assigned to you for a whole semester to learn the ins and outs of being a nurse independent from my classmates. It was just you and I. I was excited when I began this... Read More


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    So sorry that you had to endure this experience. I had a wonderful preceptor during my practicum. It was at my first job that I had a horrible preceptor and believe me, that can be much worse. I ended up leaving because of it. So I encourage you to make sure that you and the nurse that orients you when you begin working are a good fit. If not, tell your manager as soon as you can. Good luck and congrats on graduating!
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    remember when we point the finger we have 3 pointing back to us.
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    Quote from caliotter3
    Being forced to do something does not give one license to do a crappy job of it.
    THANK YOU! Every job I've ever had included an occasional or ongoing task that I was expected to do, although I hated it. I did it to the best of my ability, so the OP's preceptor has no excuse to be a ****** preceptor.
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    You need to report this to your school. Likely it is not the first time this has happened, and furthermore, if the staff saw this going on they will report it to your school as well. This type of behavior is not ok, and I would demand my students tell me/report me if I did this while teaching them. Sorry for your experience, but if nothing else, take from this that you won't behave as such as a nurse.
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    leekun2010,
    I am so sorry you had such a bad experience with your preceptor. Nurses really do seem to eat their young. I too had several bad experiences as a student nurse. During one clinical rotation I clearly remember my instructor taking me to a group of staff nurses whom I was to shadow. The response was, "I don't have time for this today". They actually drew straws to see which one would "have" to take the student. I was completely ignored by this nurse for the entire day. I have been a nurse for 12 years now and I try very hard to remember what it was like to be a student nurse and to make the experience positive for them. Sometimes it would be faster for me to do things myself but what a student is able to learn by doing is much more valuable than theory. After all, the students I precept today may be my nurse in a few years.
    This unfortunate experience will make you a better nurse in the long run for you now know the type of nurse you don't want to be. I'm sure you will be an awesome, kind, considerate nurse one day.
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    No excuses to treat people like crap. Just say know, you always have a choice in what you do.
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    I hope you were able to report this person, or give some feedback other than your rant. She may never know the impact she had on you. I think that nursing overall would benefit more if people in the profession would speak openly about issues, and use constructive criticism wisely. Instead many hold everything inside and bad mouth people behind their backs. Ultimately, the patients suffer the ramifications of the cat fight.
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    A good reason to find a preceptor in advance of the experience (if you get to pick your own, which I supposed not everyone does).

    Regards,
    Mukfay
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    I don't understand your comment jorge512. Are you implying that there is never a situation in which a student is eager, alert, and all she or he should be when the preceptor is not meeting his or her responsibilities?

    No, I would have to say that your statement about three fingers pointing back is a cliche, and it does not apply in every situation. You might say something like: "remember that when we point a finger, 3 are sometimes pointing back at ourselves. have you considered what more you might have done?"

    I mean, don't people deserve the benefit of the doubt when we're not actually there? It's the tendency to jump to conclusions that gets us into trouble as units more than anything else.

    Regards,
    Mukfay
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    Quote from Mukfay

    I mean, don't people deserve the benefit of the doubt when we're not actually there? It's the tendency to jump to conclusions that gets us into trouble as units more than anything else.
    True, but both people involved should get the benefit of the doubt, especially since we only have one side of the story.

    I feel that since the OP is being posted as a "nursing article," I think we should remember to read it with the same discernment we'd give an article in a nursing journal.
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