Quote from sashaq
I am a new grad who just started in the icu. I am feeling discouraged because recently my preceptor decided she no longer wanted to work with me. She told the manager that I was not receptive of her teaching. Orientation is 12 weeks long and thins was my 6th week. I am now assigned to a new preceptor and I will be starting with her tommorow. I guess, I have already given up. I wanted to be an ICU nurse, but I have been feeling so depressed and discouraged lately. I guess part of the problem is that I just moved to a new state to start this career. I have no family or friends here to discuss my feelings with. Just down in the dumps. I am not sure what to do now.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this. Any words of advice would help at this point.
First, KUDOS to you for being brave and starting in a whole new state! And congrats on your new job in ICU!
Don't beat yourself up. Some Preceptors teaching styles and clash with a new staffs' learning style. I do education in my role as the Infection Preventionist in addition to being the ADON, so I get a lot of variety of learning styles sent my way.
Ask a lot of questions and let your Preceptor see you write down notes. This will strengthen not only your knowledge, but your working relationship with your Preceptor. It will also show your interest in learning and that should show your supervisor that you are in fact teachable.
And just a side note: If you are going to be working with or along your former Preceptor, it might be nice to let her know that although your learning style might have been a challenge for her, that you are in fact appreciative of her valuable time and acknowledge to her that you know that precepting can be hard at times. She may feel a bit better about it down the road, working with you. Just an idea.
(Sending you a grandmotherly hug!!) Go get 'em, Kid!