P**sed off at preceptor's games - page 2
I've been told since I started work as a new RN that I needed to have four patients in critical care (not ICU). I was told I was doing great. My preceptor just told me today that she's going to bump... Read More
May 3, '04All the other posts are good advice, have you also looked into the possiblity of switching preceptors? If your NM has any good sense and not a part of the problem like mentioned earlier, she will understand your dilema and want to work through it with you to keep you. At least a med-surg NM might do so because they know a good nurse when they see them and will WANT to work hard to keep you. I can't speak for the more specialty units, they have many more people who want the job.
But in any case, you deserve the best orientation possible. Fight for it and make your voice heard. Don't burn any bridges and don't step on anyone's toes but put the ball into your own court by saying, "I would prefer to learn from one more nurse's teaching style that way I can combine what I have previously learned and develop my own best style." Try and make it about how you will be the best asset for the floor and perhaps that may work. That is if you want to stay where you are.
If none of this works, then definitely talk to someone you trust and let them know. I don't think orientation is something to take lightly, I had to fight through mine, many people do. But remember, you're on your own after orientation and its your butt then.
Hope you find your way,
May 3, '04Aaaah, memories. My preceptor used to have me run and get his lazy a** soda pops and snacks. I hated my orientation, but stuck it out. I was young and naive, but Im glad I stuck it out so I got the position I wanted. But on the other hand, when I think back, I was a doormat. Oh well, we've all been there....i think.
May 4, '04Hmm..this is a hard one because there are so many issues at hand. I take care of 5 patients sometimes 6 on a cardiac unit. When I was orienting as a new grad two years ago, I started with maybe 2 patients and worked my way up within a few weeks. I thought it was impossible to take care of 4 at that point..but I got better at organizing my time. Reality is that there are some poor role models out there. If you choose to approach this problem. First approach the preceptor in a questioning manner (not accusing). If that doesn't help the situation, approach the manager or staff development coordinator with a matter-of-fact, learner questioning manner. It is costing them a lot of money to hire and develop a new nurse. I think they will listen if really care. Otherwise, you can go elsewhere. Unfortunately, there are groups of nurses that are clicky. A nurse that is middle aged that I work with today said that a few years back she worked with a group of nurses that were bi or lesbian. They always sexually harrassed her; instead of reporting the harrassment, she just quit and went elsewhere (where I work).