Quote from Turtle in scrubs
Our staff on the unit is very "young" (experience wise), so it is sort of slim picken's. I spoke to the nurse educator (who is pretty much running the show), and she assures me I was chosen for more then just my warm body. Not sure how true it is but ok. There are classes that I will be going to w/ my orientee, but they won't be till much later. Her orientation started and it seems to be going ok so far - we shall see.
Please don't rule out the possibility that you are being asked to precept due to your strengths, and not simply your pulse
With just 1 year of NICU experience, nurses in my unit were expected to begin to assume the charge role. There was, however a well-defined program in place to support them, and it worked very well.
With just 2 years of NICU experience, we were asked to orient to transport. I declined, due to my feelings of insecurity. Imagine my surprise when I found my name of the list of employees attending "transport orientation." I went to my manager and learned that she had signed me up, as she knew that I wouldn't do it myself, but firmly believed that I was ready. She promised to let me off the hook if I became overwhelmed. I was pleasantly surprised, and loved it. Unfortunately, after a few short months on the transport team, my husband took a new job, and we moved. At my next job, we were simply thrown into transport without any training at all. Thank goodness I had the experience from my pervious employer.
As a nurse manager, I learned that newer employees are sometimes the best preceptors. They remember vividly the experience of being new and uncertain and are often better teachers than more experienced nurses who have forgotten what it is like to be the new kid on the block.
I would suggest making a plan with your manager or educator to have a "back up" for yourself when and if a complex patient or situation arises that you are uncertain of how to guide your orientee. Ask for frequent meetings (every 1-2 weeks) with your manager or educator, yourself and your orientee to guage everyone's performance and progress.
I think you will surprise yourself, and do a spectacular job!