I am presently 4.5 months into my 9 months of training. I am getting very, very frustrated.
I have been told, by the Nurse Educator and Dept. Mgr, that I should be able to do most general and gyn cases by myself. They are wanting to move me on to other specialties.
The problem is, my preceptor (god love her) always has her hands in things and doesn't wait for me to call her when I finally realize I need her help!! For example, today I was by myself in the OR for a modified radical mastectomy.....I should be able to do these, right?? Anyway, the pt. needed a 14fr foley and it was ordered from CS. My preceptor was out in the hall....where she has been told she needs to be....I motioned for her to come into the room and asked if she could check by the clean supply elevator for the foley. She went to get it and brought it back. She then stayed in the room and proceeded to get her hands in everything again....hooking up suction, doing my paperwork, and the list goes on. I got so Frustrated!
The other new nurse I was hired with is having the same difficulties w/her preceptor. Don't get me wrong, I TRUELY appreciate everything these wonderful nurses are doing for us. I just don't want to have to 'learn' how to manage everything and become organized AFTER I get off my training. Now is the time for me to learn these things......she just needs to be my safety net if I can't fly too good sometimes. I know she wants to keep the room running smoothly and the docs from taking chunks of my behind, but, how else am I going to learn??
And, yes, these preceptors have been told by the Nurse Educator that they need to stay outside the rooms as much as possible so that we can learn when to call for floats, and how to be organized.
I'm biting at the bit!!! HELP!
I want her to push me off the cliff, not keep me in the nest.
Oct 21, '01
I have a great preceptor....don't get me wrong. In answer to your question, yes, this happens ALL THE TIME. As I wrote above, this has already been discussed w/her by the Nurse Educator who explained that I need to learn how to be ORGANIZED when running my rooms.
I'm getting frustrated because it just 'hit' me that I'm halfway through my training......I've not yet been able to master general and gyn surgery ALONE (due to the mothering insticnct of my wonderful preceptor) and still have cardiovascular, ortho, neuro, and TRAUMA to cover in the next half of my training!!! There are so many more room set-ups and specialty equipment to learn.....not to mention the organizational skills it takes to run it all 'smooth as glass'.(w/out losing a chunk of my rear-end to a ticked off surgeon) After the next 4.5 months, I will be expected to run rooms and take after hours call ...... ON MY OWN.
Can you better understand my frustrations now??
Last edit by KC CHICK on Oct 21, '01