CherylRNBSN 5,304 Views
Joined Mar 30, '12.
Posts: 184 (56% Liked)
Um, this article seems a bit over the top to me. Medical professionals are predatory, smell blood, etc.? I've been a nurse for over twenty years. That is way over the top.
As many other posters have said, the way you precept, and your attitude, your leadership style may be a great match for some orientees.
But not for me.
I don't think anyone needs to be "broken down" in order to reach their full potential.
And it's kind of condescending to think all new nurses need to be petted and coddled, and it is your job to toughen them up and show them how the real world is.
I, and many others, were well equipped with enough innate intelligence that we already possessed some pretty good critical thinking skills before we ever even started nursing school, and also realize we have an intrinsic responsibility for our own professional growth and development.
I look at new grads and nursing students as colleagues. I do not try to intimidate them. I get to know them as a person on some level; i.e., ask them when they are graduating, their future career goals, etc. I respect them, and they respect me. I freely tell them everything I know. I assure them there are no stupid questions. That knowing what one does not know is a cornerstone of safe practice.
Positive, healthy interactions with all coworkers go a long way in making tough shifts bearable, even enjoyable.
Support, teamwork, respect, sharing of knowledge, modeling leadership, and yes, KINDNESS. Despite whatever else is going on in my personal or work life.
So I don't worry about my orientees speaking about their experience with me as a preceptor with other staff.
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