I have a question...ofcourse a statement too. I'm a new grad (and RN), and I started a job in the beginning of Sept. Since that time I have been orienting on different critical care units so I can learn things from these various areas, which I really do need to learn and be taught. The area I am going to work in doesn't open for another month. During this time with various preceptors, I have had some good, but mostly not so good preceptors. I was talking with one of my future co-workers and she has had the same experience. What we are finding is that these preceptors are treating us like we are their workers who they can order to just go perform undesirable tasks, as opposed to teaching us and fostering our growth. It's really starting to wear on me. Yesterday it was my first day on a unit and they have a completely different routine and charting method from where I was...I was obviously a bit on the slow side because I was trying to learn the area and routine, plus I am paranoid about making a mistake. From the start my preceptor acted like I was an annoyance, and had no problem ripping on me and speaking to me condescendingly.
My issue is.....well, I just can't stand it. I'm already disliking this chosen career because it is so unenjoyable to go to work. I'm going to stick with it, and hope that it gets better. But you know....I am witnessing the nurses eat their young thing and it irks me. I have no problem standing up for myself....but sometimes it's not worth it. I am really hoping it will get easier and better when I am on my own. I just think these preceptors need to realize their role is to teach us, not to be condescending and negative. it's really irritating.
Has anyone had these experiences? What did you do? I have 13 more shifts of this....ugh......