Started preceptorship yesterday 13 hours- ugh!

  1. In specialty care unit (High risk pregnancy)It seemed more like three days and not one. lol! Not that it was a bad thing, just by 8:00pm, I'm thinking "wait a minute, that happened today? It seemed like yesterday" lol. It was a good first day and I'm looking forward to the remaining days of this rotation. I won't be doing clinicals next week like I thought. Found out my school doesn't want us to. Guess I'll be relaxing next week afterall. I can live with that. lol. Have a great weekend everyone!
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    About jenrninmi, MSN, RN

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    Specialty: 11 year(s) of experience in L&D

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  3. by   jenrninmi
    So how are other student's preceptorships going?
  4. by   QuilterLPN
    We start our preceptorship in about another month. We just submitted our preference sheets (for med/surg, LTC, postpartum, or Hospice). So I am looking forward to that! But our clinical days have always been about 8 hours, and when preceptorship rolls around, it is very likely I'll have 12-hour days (4 weeks). I think my next step includes purchasing some good SUPPORT hose! I think it will be a challenge, and I'm looking forward to it.
    Last edit by QuilterLPN on Mar 10, '05
  5. by   HappyNurse2005
    Started my preceptorship yesterday, too. Of course, its only 24 hours. It's in L &D, too. Sucks that 7 hours into the 12 hour shift, I started puking in the bathroom, a victim of the stomach bug everyone has had. That was embarrasing.
    BUT
    I did get to hold the leg and shoulders of a 19 year old while she delivered her first baby, counting for her, talking to her, telling her to look at her baby as he came out. That was great! That was a forceps delivery(dropping fetal HR) with a third degree tear. Very bloody. THank God she had an epidural, or that would have hurt like stink.
    I also helped with another woman who had prolonged rupture of membranes and even with Pit was having slow labor having her first baby. Ended up being a 9#12oz baby!
    There was a lot of interesting stuff. A woman attempting a VBAC, a woman having twins, an intrauterine fetal death, tons of premature labor pt's, uncontrolled diabetes, etc etc etc.
    I learned more about how to read fetal monitor strips, how to assess uterine resting tone, how to assess if the Pit needs to be increased or if its adequate, etc etc
    I loved it so much, I really want to work there!!!!!! THis is also the floor I'm delivering my baby on in about 5 to 6 weeks from now.
  6. by   jenrninmi
    Quote from RNinMay2005
    Started my preceptorship yesterday, too. Of course, its only 24 hours. It's in L &D, too. Sucks that 7 hours into the 12 hour shift, I started puking in the bathroom, a victim of the stomach bug everyone has had. That was embarrasing.
    BUT
    I did get to hold the leg and shoulders of a 19 year old while she delivered her first baby, counting for her, talking to her, telling her to look at her baby as he came out. That was great! That was a forceps delivery(dropping fetal HR) with a third degree tear. Very bloody. THank God she had an epidural, or that would have hurt like stink.
    I also helped with another woman who had prolonged rupture of membranes and even with Pit was having slow labor having her first baby. Ended up being a 9#12oz baby!
    There was a lot of interesting stuff. A woman attempting a VBAC, a woman having twins, an intrauterine fetal death, tons of premature labor pt's, uncontrolled diabetes, etc etc etc.
    I learned more about how to read fetal monitor strips, how to assess uterine resting tone, how to assess if the Pit needs to be increased or if its adequate, etc etc
    I loved it so much, I really want to work there!!!!!! THis is also the floor I'm delivering my baby on in about 5 to 6 weeks from now.
    Sounds like you had a great experience! I hope you're feeling better! So, do you only get 2 days on your preceptorship? Is there any way to get more or are you starting another rotation somewhere else? We have 111 hours and can have more if we want it.
  7. by   jenrninmi
    Quote from RNinMay2005
    Started my preceptorship yesterday, too. Of course, its only 24 hours. It's in L &D, too. Sucks that 7 hours into the 12 hour shift, I started puking in the bathroom, a victim of the stomach bug everyone has had. That was embarrasing.
    BUT
    I did get to hold the leg and shoulders of a 19 year old while she delivered her first baby, counting for her, talking to her, telling her to look at her baby as he came out. That was great! That was a forceps delivery(dropping fetal HR) with a third degree tear. Very bloody. THank God she had an epidural, or that would have hurt like stink.
    I also helped with another woman who had prolonged rupture of membranes and even with Pit was having slow labor having her first baby. Ended up being a 9#12oz baby!
    There was a lot of interesting stuff. A woman attempting a VBAC, a woman having twins, an intrauterine fetal death, tons of premature labor pt's, uncontrolled diabetes, etc etc etc.
    I learned more about how to read fetal monitor strips, how to assess uterine resting tone, how to assess if the Pit needs to be increased or if its adequate, etc etc
    I loved it so much, I really want to work there!!!!!! THis is also the floor I'm delivering my baby on in about 5 to 6 weeks from now.
    Do you still have all the paperwork to do like past clinicals? We do, and I think it's actually more. No drug cards at least. There's a student on my floor from a different school and she doesn't have the typical clinical paperwork like me. She does have >200 clinical hours to complete for her preceptorship though. Sheesh! I thought mine was a lot.
  8. by   HappyNurse2005
    Nope. the only paperwork we do for preceptorships is writing up a paper about the experience. I think it may only be 24 hours due to lack of time and available nurses. Though I'm not concerned wiht the 2 days thing-I did over 400 hours in the adopt a student nurse thing this past summer, clinicals are massive, etc etc. I am certainly not going to be a worse nurse b/c of only 24 hours
  9. by   nursepotter05
    We do a clinical diary, and the preceptor fills out an evaluation form. This is the only paperwork we have to fill out :hatparty: No more CARE PLANS
  10. by   NurseFirst
    Quote from RNinMay2005
    Nope. the only paperwork we do for preceptorships is writing up a paper about the experience. I think it may only be 24 hours due to lack of time and available nurses. Though I'm not concerned wiht the 2 days thing-I did over 400 hours in the adopt a student nurse thing this past summer, clinicals are massive, etc etc. I am certainly not going to be a worse nurse b/c of only 24 hours
    What is "adopt a student nurse thing"?

    Thanks,

    NurseFirst
  11. by   RNinRubySlippers
    Jenn, how long is your perceptorshhip and how many hors. I do mine in January. We have to complete 4x 12 hr/ week for 16 weeks. I am curious re your # of weeks or hours!
  12. by   jenrninmi
    Quote from Bex_SRN
    Jenn, how long is your perceptorshhip and how many hors. I do mine in January. We have to complete 4x 12 hr/ week for 16 weeks. I am curious re your # of weeks or hours!
    We have to complete a minimum of 111 hours of preceptorship in 6 weeks. So, if I'm reading your post correctly, you will be doing 48 hours each week for 16 weeks? I would think that is more than your nurse you'll be working with.
  13. by   Carlos Casteneda
    Quote from JENRN2BMICHIGAN
    We have to complete a minimum of 111 hours of preceptorship in 6 weeks. So, if I'm reading your post correctly, you will be doing 48 hours each week for 16 weeks? I would think that is more than your nurse you'll be working with.
    in england preceptorship is different a)It usually happens post registration b)it usually lasts 6months
  14. by   KrisRNwannabe
    you guys that are in L&D are so lucky. because I am in LPN school we have to go to a nursing school, yuck! at least it is only 72 hours. i hated it. the hospitals areound here are not hiring LPNs so they feel it is dumb for us to do preceptor there when we couldn't get a job there! oh well. I start RN school in the fall. then the real fun will begin!!
    Kris

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