I am a new grad and still have a preceptor. On my third night of working, my preceptor fillout out a safety violation report on me and I do not know what to expect. I did not know that I needed to notify the pharmacist if a medication was out of stock. Instead I documented that it was not on the floor and was not given to the patient because it was out of stock.
She said I provided unsafe care and filled out the report. There is only one hospital in my area of Kentucky, and I am scared to death that I will get fired over it. Am I making too much of it?
Own your part in the situation--you didn't follow up with the preceptor or the charge nurse or pharmacy to obtain the med--but, don't feel you have to fall on your sword. Turning on yourself doesn't help anyone, and it can create such a distraction in your mind that you make more mistakes.
My guess is that the preceptor wrote you up to point the spotlight away from herself. Not a very gallant gesture. She took what could have been a good teaching opportunity and turned it into something ugly. So not necessary.
Others have given you good advice. I would only add that you should consider getting professional liability insurance so that you have someone in your corner if something goes south. It's usually less than a day's pay for a year of coverage and a whole lot of peace of mind.
This, too, shall pass. You will grow more knowledgeable and confident with each shift you work. And someday when you're the preceptor, you'll remember what it was like to be quaking in your boots, and you'll be kind to the newbie you've taken under your wing.
Last edit by rn/writer on Jun 9, '12