Talking about nurses who precept other nurses, whether new grads or just new to the facility---what were the things you liked and disliked about the preceptor? What kind of training do you think a preceptor needs, if any? What kind of compensation do they need, if any?
Aug 4, '03
When I was a new grad many years ago I appreciated my preceptor b/c she never made me feel "stupid"...invited any questions and was always trying to help me anyway she could. When she let me "fly on my own" before the end of my orientation she left my side yes....but always let me know where she was in case I needed her...One good thing also was that she introduced me to the other staff so I didn't feel so much like an outsider (if that's possible when you are brand, spanking new!)
Preceptors need classes to teach different techniques of teaching. The way they learn may not be the way their orientee learns....listening and communication skills are a must also. Make sure the preceptor knows what is expected of the orientee from the hospital perspective, not just the floor. They need to have reviewed the paperwork required also. At my facility we have yearly update classes for the hospital and our division for all clinical coaches (as they are called here)
Compensation for precepting.....that would be GREAT!! again sadly though it does not happen where I work.....Precepting is a hard job added on top of your normal responsibilities, but most employers see it as a job requirement that doesn't deserve compensation