Dear Nursing Students/Orientees: A Love Note from the Preceptor from Hell - page 10

Warning: The following post is rife with brutal honesty and frustration. Read at your own risk. Memorandum from the desk of Your Friendly Neighborhood Sociopath~~ Dear Nursing... Read More

  1. by   Sweet Lady
    People who accept criticisms positively only proves that they are sensible...those who are defensive,well,you know how their mind works..very nice write up..
  2. by   tbjockny
    I hope I'm lucky enough to get an entire arsenal of preceptors like you..this is exactly how I learn and I feel it should be even MORE so like this because of what is at risk!
  3. by   CamillusRN
    I know I'm late to the party, but I want to say that this philosophy and approach are so very similar to my that of my former preceptor (who is now a very loved and respected colleague of mine). It's also the type of preceptor I aspire to be. To CheesePotato, my own preceptor, and all other preceptors who refuse to coddle new nurses but do everything in their power to make us successful, I salute you! Some of our peers may not realize it, but the rest of us "new kids" recognize the passion you have for our success and feel a debt of gratitude we may never be able to repay. Thank you!
  4. by   AspiringToRN
    Wonderful article. May there be more like you!
  5. by   BeatsPerMinute
    I am a new nurse and start my residency on Monday. Thank you for this article. It gives me a little insight on what to expect, a preceptor's point of view, and what I can do to be a good orientee.
  6. by   Lev <3
    Have not seen CheesePotato post in a while, but I really really loved this article of hers.
  7. by   Nature_walker
    This is beautifully written. In my first career, I had a mentor a lot like this and I'm so grateful for it because it made me a better teacher. There were days when I couldn't stand her, but in the end, it helped shape me into a better version of myself than when I started. I hope as I go forward into nursing that I get someone like this who pushes me to excel so that I can reach my potential. Thank you for writing this.
  8. by   sherbear46
    Bless you. i know I was the "Preceptor from hell. " (like you said, " I will find out.") But i have never seen Precepting explained this well. THANK YOU .
  9. by   RNRVN
    Brilliant! I can't say this enough!
    as a nurse and veterinary nurse(yes I hold qualifications in both fields) this is exactly how I've trained and mentored my students. And they have turned out to be some of the best nurses and vet nurses around.
    I too had preceptors like this, like you and now like me, and I truly believe it made me stronger, more resilient, resourceful and smarter.
  10. by   devhrt12
    I'm so grateful that I stumbled upon this. I start in mid April and I welcome my preceptor to be like this. Actually I look forward to having this type of preceptor. I too will bookmark this and reference when times I forget. Thanks[emoji41]
  11. by   JVerne07
    Ug, this is exactly what I needed to read today! I go into preceptorship and then graduate next semester. Clinical this semester is hammering me. I've recently taken on the policy of asking whatever potentially stupid question I need to because I *sincerely* want to graduate with as few gaps in knowledge as possible... I don't want to hurt anyone! I don't want to be the one reason a patient winds up with some completely avoidable complication because there was some finicky detail I just didn't know. I'm not gonna lie though, some of the feedback/pushback I get as a result of this feels harsh as hell and it does seem like there are folks out there who want to straight up haze us. Questioning your goals/abilities/existence appears to be kind of a hallmark experience of nursing school, and you do have to learn to toughen the **** up or just not survive.

    Some days I just have to remember that I'm here to gain skills and try to cull as much as I possibly can, then go home and privately nurse my butthurt so I can pull it together and do my job when I'm called on to do it.
    Last edit by JVerne07 on Feb 23, '16
  12. by   RNEducator8056
    In this post, I believe there is a reflection that all preceptorship endeavors are outrageous and somehow forced upon; and being a preceptor is a demeaning work.
    I just cannot think as how we supposed to instill qualities and caring attitude in new nurses if we sound so obnoxious to begin with.
    People have strengths and weaknesses, it is your view if you want to see the glass is half full or half empty.
    Goodluck my friend.
  13. by   Humanfirst
    Agreed, such a combative attitude is unnecessary and counterintuitive. It's no wonder student attrition rates are so high when this is the kind of hostile reception they can expect.