Last night was my first night (12 hour shift) on my preceptorship. My preceptor went home with a headache and I got reassigned to the charge nurse for the majority of the shift. The charge nurse has been a nurse at this children's hospital for over thirty years and made it plain she does not like students. At one point she said to me, mockingly, "Obviously, you're not a mom."
Overnights there are fewer cares, medications, or teaching opportunities. I signed up for this shift because I was desperate to get into pediatrics and it is popular - odd hours had a better chance.
I am fairly certain I made a mistake. They never have students overnight and seem unprepared and unwilling to work with us. Should I talk to my preceptor instructor, and even if I did can she do anything? Should I just wait this out and know it is simply to fulfill the 100 hour preceptorship requirement and try to avoid rubbing people the wrong way while I am there?
I am trying not to be too thin skinned but my sister (whose 2 and 4 year old daughters I adore, and babysit about 20 hours a week) was quite furious on my behalf when I told her about it. She told me she and my brother in law both think I would be a great pediatrics nurse. Don't think in its current incarnation I can learn very much during this preceptorship.