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Dear Nursing Students/Orientees: A Love Note from the Preceptor from Hell

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CheesePotato is a BSN, RN and specializes in Sleep medicine,Floor nursing, OR, Trauma.

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So often what we do pushes us to our edge where we struggle to not only live the moment we are in, but to redefine ourselves and our goals. Written in an exhausted, frazzled moment after an insane day and a night of trauma call. Posted because I know there are more orientees like mine and more preceptors like me. You are reading page 11 of Dear Nursing Students/Orientees: A Love Note from the Preceptor from Hell. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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Wonderful article. May there be more like you!

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BeatsPerMinute has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Cardiac.

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I am a new nurse and start my residency on Monday. Thank you for this article. It gives me a little insight on what to expect, a preceptor's point of view, and what I can do to be a good orientee.

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Lev has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Emergency - CEN.

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Have not seen CheesePotato post in a while, but I really really loved this article of hers.

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Nature_walker has 3 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in psych.

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This is beautifully written. In my first career, I had a mentor a lot like this and I'm so grateful for it because it made me a better teacher. There were days when I couldn't stand her, but in the end, it helped shape me into a better version of myself than when I started. I hope as I go forward into nursing that I get someone like this who pushes me to excel so that I can reach my potential. Thank you for writing this.

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Bless you. i know I was the "Preceptor from hell. " (like you said, " I will find out.") But i have never seen Precepting explained this well. THANK YOU .

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Brilliant! I can't say this enough!

as a nurse and veterinary nurse(yes I hold qualifications in both fields) this is exactly how I've trained and mentored my students. And they have turned out to be some of the best nurses and vet nurses around.

I too had preceptors like this, like you and now like me, and I truly believe it made me stronger, more resilient, resourceful and smarter.

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I'm so grateful that I stumbled upon this. I start in mid April and I welcome my preceptor to be like this. Actually I look forward to having this type of preceptor. I too will bookmark this and reference when times I forget. Thanks[emoji41]

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Ug, this is exactly what I needed to read today! I go into preceptorship and then graduate next semester. Clinical this semester is hammering me. I've recently taken on the policy of asking whatever potentially stupid question I need to because I *sincerely* want to graduate with as few gaps in knowledge as possible... I don't want to hurt anyone! I don't want to be the one reason a patient winds up with some completely avoidable complication because there was some finicky detail I just didn't know. I'm not gonna lie though, some of the feedback/pushback I get as a result of this feels harsh as hell and it does seem like there are folks out there who want to straight up haze us. Questioning your goals/abilities/existence appears to be kind of a hallmark experience of nursing school, and you do have to learn to toughen the **** up or just not survive.

Some days I just have to remember that I'm here to gain skills and try to cull as much as I possibly can, then go home and privately nurse my butthurt so I can pull it together and do my job when I'm called on to do it.

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In this post, I believe there is a reflection that all preceptorship endeavors are outrageous and somehow forced upon; and being a preceptor is a demeaning work.

I just cannot think as how we supposed to instill qualities and caring attitude in new nurses if we sound so obnoxious to begin with.

People have strengths and weaknesses, it is your view if you want to see the glass is half full or half empty.

Goodluck my friend.

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Agreed, such a combative attitude is unnecessary and counterintuitive. It's no wonder student attrition rates are so high when this is the kind of hostile reception they can expect.

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daverika has 35 years experience and specializes in Critical Care.

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On 12/6/2012 at 3:24 PM, tinyonern said:

I'm sorry whitebunny, but I think you missed the satire. This may be related to your language issue. I'm guessing that, if you are as good as you think you are, the OP would have seen your potential. To make assumptions that OP is a depressed, negative person like your father is just wrong. I'll make an assumption (which leaves me open to the old adage; making an *** of you and me), you have a chip on your shoulder.

This was not satire, it was cruelty presented under the banner of humor. Enough.

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