26 year nursing career/ 25 year old preceptor!

  1. I just have to vent a bit! I love my new job, and I understand that I need orientation. But did they have to assign me to a 25 year old preceptor? The gal hadn't even been BORN yet when I had my first precepting experience! She's smart and very nice -- but damm, she's perky! And she hasn't been a nurse long enough to develop the black humor so many of us use to survive. In fact, I believe I've rather shocked her.

    Fortunately, there are some "crotchety old nurses" on the unit that I'll enjoy working with. And the young preceptor is a good nurse. I guess I'm just too old for this . . . .
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  3. by   Nurse Ratched
    I understand, Ruby - as a somewhat younger nurse, I always feel a little funny "orienting" someone who has probably forgotten more about nursing than I'll ever know . I'm sure she's a little intimidated by the thought as well. Think of her as a resource for the particular peculiarites of this new unit/facility/whatever - paperwork at the very least is a little different wherever you go,a nd you always have to know where to find stuff. I get the feeling from your posts here that you are a gracious and giving person. Your preceptor will no doubt benefit greatly from the experience as well .
  4. by   dianah
    You can probably teach each other a thing or two. Give and take, it's all about the pieces making up a strong unit, and it's all for the patients.
  5. by   zambezi
    I am a 25 year old RN, I have been a nurse for about two years and have been asked if I will start precepting new people/new grads to our unit. Since I think that it will be good for me and I like to teach I have agreed...most of the people that I am orienting (even the new grads) are older than me...I get that perky thing alot...but I do have a sick sense of humor (even if I haven't has it as long....) Anyway, just wanted to wish you luck...I am sure that I am soon to find out how your preceptor is feeling!
  6. by   angel337
    try to look at it as just another learning experience. she is probably uncomfortable with "teaching" someone that has been in nursing as long as you have,so it sounds like you guys can learn from one another. good luck with your new job!!