I'm an ADN nursing student graduating in May, so congratulations! I'm going to show my ignorance by saying upfront that my understanding of the role of preceptor is to be a teacher or mentor once we are employed to bridge the gap between nursing school and actual nursing, or when we're moving from one specialty unit to another. In my nursing school experience we pretty much surprise our nurses at 0700 with the fact that they will be followed by one or more students that day. We preplan the day before on however many patients our clinical instructor tells us to and bring our care plan, list of meds, etc...with us. I personally always carry the list provided by my college stating what I can or cannot do at my level of education in the event my nurse asks and my nerves have me stumbling all over myself. And I've been asked repeatedly what I know how to do and what I'm allowed to do and I can't find it in me to be offended that my nurse asked me if I could feed a patient or put on SCD(which BTW, I don't have a knack for so if asked I'll admit sure, I can, but it won't be pretty. Show me your trick!), because they've been dealing with different students over weeks and months, all at different levels. It's understandable for them to double check with us before throwing something at us that we're not pros at. I've only had two negative experiences out of countless nurses I've encountered where I felt they resented my following them. One nurse refused to speak to me, would not reply when I said hello and introduced myself, just turned on her heel and walked away. Informed my instructor and was told to try again. I waited until she came back to the desk and introduced myself again and asked if I could follow her or if her patient load would be such that I'd be in the way. No response, turned in her chair and clicked away at the keyboard. Informed my instructor that I'd listen to report and I could either do another quick and dirty preplan on another patient or I could act as a tech that day because there was no way for me to effectively learn or the nurse effectively teach in this situation and it wasn't fair to the patient. The other nurse would speak but was a bit condescending when I couldn't always pronounce generic drug names correctly. Nerves, lawd my nerves, I got tongue tied and I'd butcher the name. She was a new BSN grad and didn't feel ADN's should be allowed to practice. I smiled, nodded, thanked her, and finished my day. Why get bent out of shape? On the whole I've had the opportunity to work with a ridiculous number of nurses who were happy to baby step me through some skills that I should have no problem with but my confidence wasn't there, multiple times. Some have anticipated me for the following week and recommend patients for me so I'd get more practice. Their, and soon our, jobs are really difficult and draining. Unless they're abusive or teaching unsafe practices use the experience as an example of what you don't want to do in your practice, an example of how you want to treat future students. No matter how much education we have we know NOTHING, we may have noble and lofty ideals but we're not in the trenches yet and still have the luxury of those ideals. Give our future colleagues an itty bitty break! And, truly congratulations and I hope you have a wonderful career!