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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 4 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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This approach works for some people but not others. You may meet someone just as bullheaded as you are and clash. Oh, that's probably already happened though. lol

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TheLiberation has 6 years experience as a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Cardiac & Medical ICU.

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I wish I worked with you. Christ help me become an RN already.

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

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Meant to quote. See below.

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

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Dude...what's your problem? If you don't want the burden of precepting, or working with students then don't! All of this is so unnecessary. Why make yourself this upset and angry? This letter is dripping with anger and hostility. Glad I don't work with people like this...And super glad I didn't have a preceptor like you either. It doesn't take all this nonsense to help someone become a great nurse.

I do not agree with this. This describes a great preceptor! Tough love is the best.

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amoLucia specializes in LTC.

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Haven't finished reading all the posts but I didn't want to get interrupted and lose this thread.

To CheesePotato - your post should be xeroxed and laminated, then given out to all precepting newbies in their orientation packet. Would it be a little bit too much to have it hung up somewhere for all to see??? It bespeaks the sentiments of many of us other senior nurses who serve as supplemental/substitute resource nurses.

Thank you for saying it so well.

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LOVE IT!!! I WISH I had someone like this when I first started my RN career... nope... I was guided by the ones who seemed to WANT me to fail and made attempt after attempt to throw me under the bus.

Oh well... so far I have survived even if it is by the seat of my pants :)

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anggelRN specializes in OB.

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This is certainly NOT my philosophy when precepting. Yes, nursing is difficult. Yes, we do deal with life and death situations. Still, there is little need for the level of drama you’ve inserted into your role.

Also, I must agree that you are perpetuating quite a few stereotypes.

I’m sure that this style of teaching will and has been successful with some new grads. We certainly would not have gotten along if you were my preceptor. However, I generally don’t respond well to militant personalities. Hence my abstinence from sororities/cliques/work gossip.

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This is a nicely written piece, straight to the point and no holds barred.

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freki has 6 years experience and specializes in Emergency.

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Okay, I did not read all 43 of the comments before I posted this, so forgive me if I repeat something...

But as an RN student graduating in the next few weeks, I have to say that I hope to find a preceptor in my first job with this outlook and philosophy. I can count on less than one hand the number of nurses I worked with during clinicals who actually pushed me or actually tested my knowledge base. I appreciate this kind of honesty and belief in potential.

Thank you!

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Inori has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Ambulatory care.

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hah you sound like my preceptor. she's stern but watches out for my license, few words though when she speaks it mostly cuz i screwed up. Saying nothing means I'm doing stuff right. Uh yes it really is a jungle of predators and survival of the fittest out there. She jumped to my defense when a certain somebody told the NM, directors untrue rumors which ah could have gotten me fired. She treats me coldly compared with other people but .. hey shes' my preceptor not buddy SO after my probation I will invite her out to dinner or get her a gift as thank you :) for protecting me from myself, other vultures and helping me transition from the perfect school world into real world nursing.

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BlueDevil,DNP has 25 years experience as a DNP, RN and specializes in FNP, ONP.

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This is how precepting should be done, every time.

If you can't take it, be a candy stripper.

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This is how precepting should be done, every time.

If you can't take it, be a candy stripper.

Although working at a strip club might be a bit much too. Or did you mean candy striper? :)

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