I just recently started a second job as a RN on a bariatric unit ( I also work at a psych hospital). My preceptor has been a nurse for 30 years and is precepting both me and another orientee. However, she is very rude to me and talks down to me most of the day. I try not to get upset when she talks to me that way. for example, I asked her what suppiles did I need to d/c an ON-Q medication pump, just beneathe the skin ( my first time). She told me to get the supplies then when I d/c the pump, she proceeded to take me to the side outside of the pt's room and tell me that I sould have brought a bag to place all of the dirty materials in. If she wanted it that way, then I wander why she had not told me when I asked her what all to bring. I have been with her for 2 weeks now and 3 pts/family members even have picked up on her demeaning ways toward me. My pt today told me that she talks to me bad and that she is way harder on me than the other orientee who she precepted the last 4 hours of a 12 hr shift ( I work only 8). Another pt said that she should know how it is to be new somewhere. I am not blundering around, I get all of my work down in a timely fashion and provide good nursing care but this preceptor seems to get upset because I ask her about technical stuff due to me not being exposed to all procedures and equipment. Then on the other hand she pretends to be so nice to me.
What should I do? Am I being eaten because I am young?
Today, upon coming in taking shift report with the preceptor, she rudely walked past me, spoke to another employee then blatantly ignored me. After report and finding out that she would get 8 pts and precept me because the agency nurse did not show up, she snapped again. I asked her "which pts will I get?" She then told me that I am getting two and I should know what I am doing because of last week orientation and that she was going to quiz me from A-Z on everything later and that I better know it. An hour later, I pulled my manager to the side and told her how I felt about everything. My manager understood and told me that she has heard about this type of behavior before regarding my preceptor as a nurse but not preceptor. She also told me that the preceptor was kinda forced into it because only she and 2 other nurses are bariatric certified nurses. She then told me to not take it personal and talk to her about how I feel if I am comfortable with that. Later, when our scheduled preceptor, orientee, nurse manager meeting was going on, the preceptor went in first and said that she would call me in when they have finished so that I would join. Well, they stayed in there for about an hour and a half and then it was time for me to leave so the nurse manager told me to give her report and that we would talk my next scheduled day because she had an interview. When I looked into my skills folder that my preceptor had wrote in I was furious. She put things like "support with documentation" as my only strength for last week. As for weaknesses, she put "slow learning unit without letting preceptor know, unable to discern abbreviations, no knowledge of supplies for skin tx, no initiative picking up linen, no responsibility, not following directions." I have only been on this unit working a week and a week orientation and I feel that I am picking things up good and even other co-workers tell me so.
I cannot even believe that she could put this stuff down when I work my buns off everytime I go to work! I cannot even address these issues until when I come back to work. She even snared at me before I left and asked would I be there tomorrow even though she knows that I follow her schedule and that we would not be there. This is so frustrating! i think that she is upset becasue my boss granted me to only work PT 24 hrs a week orientation, not the 36 hrs that she does. However, I am a PT employee and work another job as well as have some exp as a RN.
Last edit by ladylikeRN on Apr 7, '08