dorimar, BSN, RN 635 Posts Specializes in ICU, Education. Has 25 years experience. Feb 3, 2009 Oh my gosh! I haven't read one single reply to you on this but will respond anyway. I would love to be your preceptor!!!! I cannot tell you how many new nurses I have seen that were overly confidant, did not ask enough before acting, and did not have respect for the harm they could cause. To me, your fear shows your concern and regard for the patient. I was scared ******** when I first started nursing in M/S and I came from and ADN program (although it was Purdue, and I believe we had more theory than any BSN program today). Luckily I had a great preceptor. When I made teh decision to move to ICU, I was more scared. Unfortunately I had a very bad preceptor to start but moved to a new ICU and it was the best experience ever!. That was over 20 years ago, I have worked critical care ever since, have my CCRN adn just earned my MSN. I love your concern! I believe the ones that worry about the job they do are much better nurses than the one's that act like they know everything (scary). However, there are some nasty nurses that will eat their young or even their equals, to make themselves look better by making others look weak. Just be prepared for that. You can aske to change preceptors if it is looking that way. Also, don't be so afraid of failing that you have a self-fullfilling prophecy. Sometimes we can get ourselves so worked up that we can't learn and acutally do fail.