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Advice for preceptee


Specializes in New graduate RN.

I am beginning my orientation For my first RN positionĀ on Monday. I will be assigned to a preceptor for 8Ā weeks.Ā 
Is there any advice you would give to aĀ preceptee?Ā 

šŸ™ thank youĀ 


ruby_jane, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing. Has 12 years experience.

"Read the room." Meaning - some nurses are NOT meant to be preceptors. Not ever. Even if they're really good nurses. Don't take anything personally. Do demonstrate what you can do. If you ask a clarification question and you are met with a response such as "I can't believe they didn't reach you that in school," politely ask for clarification for that road leadeth to nothing good. If your preceptor is exceptional, tell someone. if your preceptor is constantly talking down to you, document everything. Just in case.

CharleeFoxtrot, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience.

My go to advice is to approach everyday with ears and mind open, mouth shut šŸ˜‰Ā 


Specializes in New graduate RN.

thank you!


Specializes in LTC.

50 minutes ago, CharleeFoxtrot said:

My go to advice is to approach everyday with ears and mind open, mouth shut šŸ˜‰Ā 

Heard something like this attributed to the Army - 'keep your eyes open, your mouth shut, and NEVER volunteer'.

My Dad used to quote this!

Nunya, BSN

Specializes in NICU/Mother-Baby/Peds/Mgmt. Has 39 years experience.

Keep a little notebook with you to write things down.Ā  You don't have to write everything like in nursing school though, you'll figure out.Ā  If you have to ask something twice, write it down.Ā  And don't stress if you don't remember everything or don't do something right all the time, you're there to learn.Ā  You'll do fine, we've all been there and we all managed to make it through!Ā