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Advice needed. I finally passed boards but will be requesting a different nurse preceptor.


Specializes in Telemetry, correctional.

I worked as a graduate nurse for about 8 weeks then was demoted back to a tech after not passing boards the first time. My experience working as a nurse with my first preceptor was super stressful because she was super anal about everything and she openly admitted her anal ways. I thought that this was the perfect preceptor for me, being fresh out of school but I didn't realize how bad it really was until the one day I was assigned a different preceptor for one night.

After finally passing boards for the second time and returning back to my position as a nurse, I've requested a new preceptor for the remaining of my training. No hard feelings to the first preceptor. I feel like this would be very beneficial to me learning someone else' way of doing things.

I don't want it to be awkward working with my old preceptor. What's the best way to explain my situation to her?

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

I don't want it to be awkward working with my old preceptor. What's the best way to explain my situation to her?
I am sure my opinion will be unpopular with the masses, but I do not think you owe your old preceptor an explanation on the reasons you no longer want to be precepted by her. Unless, of course, she asks for a reason.

I think it is socially clueless to rub salt into a wound by telling a person why you'd much rather be trained by someone else, especially since the reason you no longer want her preceptorship is likely going to be negative. You can say "It's nothing personal," but people tend to take these things personally.

Keep quiet unless she asks. Good luck to you.

KelRN215, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pedi. Has 10 years experience.

I agree with The Commuter. I don't see why you need to explain anything and she may not even ask. As far as she knows, maybe the manager assigned you a different preceptor.

proud nurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in Medical Oncology, Alzheimer/dementia. Has 15 years experience.

It's common to have several preceptors. I personally would focus on trying to have a positive orientation experience, and not call attention to it. Many nurses don't like to precept, so she might be relieved. I'd play it cool and be friendly as usual. Congrats on passing your boards.