Hey! I have been a nurse for almost two years. I was asked to precept a new grad and I was very excited and nervous. I had been a preceptor to a senior student before, but not a new graduate RN.
My issues that I am having....
- when to tell them what they need to do or have them figure it out.
- how to deal with a preceptee that does not take criticism, gets very defensive.
- feeling like my knowledge is not important because preceptee is doing 'ok' care to get though the day, but I am trying to make them do great care.
- feeling like I am having a nurse identity crisis. I miss being a bedside nurse and I feel like I am missing out on the things that I love doing.
I have been with my preceptee for 6 weeks now. At first I gave them the benefit of the doubt thinking that the reason why they are not asking questions or being responsive to me is because they are nervous. But my preceptee came right out and said they feel comfortable and compared to the other new grads is taking on more patients than anyone. I try to be kind when I give corrections, but I am afraid that I haven't been hard enough and my preceptee is taking advantage of me and not listening to what I have to teach.