RN student with questions about mentoring

  1. I know that when a new grad gets her first job they have a preceptor or mentor for so long before they are on their own. I worked as a CNA in a geriatric care facility and I had 2 weeks training and every day I was with someone new as my preceptor because of the days I and that person were scheduled. After RN school and in that firstt job do you have the same preceptor the whole time of your training or do you have several different ones like I did after CNA? Thanks!
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    Joined: Sep '99; Posts: 3
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  3. by   Ahn
    AmyRN2b - God bless you!

    If you are lucky enough to get a "real" orientation without interruption, you will probebly be dealing with more than one person, on more than one shift. When you are licensed, usually that's it! Along with your license come the responsibility of the job. My first job as an RN had an orientation of three days - Yup, just three days! They were so anxious to get me on the floor, orientation hit the back burner. Later on, I did get a more formal orientation by Human Resources, but that was just on insurance and union business.

    Look around for an experienced nurse that knows their stuff. Someone that you look up to and respect. Someone that will look after you and will be willing to be your mentor. That is where you will get your best orientation into nursing, for you will recieve the "unwritten, real-life" orientation you need to become proficient in your role as an RN. Good Luck!
  4. by   Erbn Girl
    I was very lucky and received a comprehensive 12 week orientation period when I first became and RN on an Intermediate Care/Telemetry Unit. I had several different preceptors and learned a great deal from each (some good and some things NOT so good, but I still learned something!) You will be able to integrate different aspects of each preceptor into a style completely your own. It is a very exciting time but it could be stressful if you expect too much of yourself right out of school. Be open to all avenues of learning and ASK, ASK, ASK questions! I am now a preceptor on the midnight shift and I ENCOURAGE questions. And I totally agree with Ahn also about finding a mentor too. It is very important to have someone that you can trust and come to with your concerns, fears and accomplishments. It may take some time to find one willing to take you under his or her wing, but most definitely worth the search. I wish you the best of luck!
  5. by   sparrow
    In our little hospital, we have regular designated preceptors for each shift and job description. New people start on the day shift with that preceptor and work the same schedule until they move to another shift. The preceptors keep the nurse manager updated and usually check off the compentency lists and a group decision (including the new employee) is made as to when this person should be shoved out of the nest! I loved being a preceptor/mentor. Unfortunately, I got sort of tired of working with new nurses, teaching them all I knew and having them leave in 6 months to got to the city for big bucks and having to start all over again with another. I always felt like they should pay me a portion of their wages - after all, I helped make them more marketable!