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by Happeetxn Happeetxn (Member) Member

Happeetxn specializes in ER, tele, vascular.

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Howdy all,

In the past I have posted my concerns about some of the things that happen on my floor. Ex. Not being told when I am picking up a pt @ 3:00 only to find out about the pt. at 6:00. By the way this happened twice last week with nurses who were floated to our floor. They found out at 4:30 & 5:00 that they had been given these pt's. at 3:00.

Anyways, last week I was approached about being a preceptor. Now I graduated nursing school in December 2006, oriented from mid January to mid March and then was turned loose when my preceptor went on vacation in March.

From roughly March 15th until today June 12th I have been on my own (almost 3 months) and I AM BEING ASKED TO PRECEPT!!!!!

I told the manager last week when this was brought "Do not do that to me", when I came into day I found out that I had been assigned a GN to precept.

Here is where I need reassurance.................Yesterday at my PRN job my boss there asked when I could start working with them full time. I didn't have an answer for her.................however I did today. After I saw what had happened with being assigned as a preceptor, I called her up and asked when I could start full time in her section (same health care system different hospital). The response was turn in your 2 week notice and come on over.

That is what I am going to do. Turn in my two weeks notice and move on. To me there is obvious little regard for my license, preceptors are supposed to go to preceptor certification, and have 1 year minimum exp. Not to mention I specifically asked for this NOT to happen and I am still brand spanking new nurse myself!!!!!!!!

I enjoy nursing and am happy that there was another avenue to take. Anyways, all input will be appreciated.

Thanks.

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mom4josh has 11 years experience and specializes in onc, M/S, hospice, nursing informatics.

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I think you made a wise decision by giving your notice. They don't sound like they have it all together at this job. Best of luck in your new job!

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caroladybelle is a BSN, RN and specializes in Oncology/Haemetology/HIV.

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Sounds like a smart plan to me.

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Sure seems like you made the right decision for your situation to me. How fortunate you are that the other opportunity came just at the right time. Good luck with the new position.

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Mommy TeleRN has 3 years experience as a RN and specializes in Float.

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I am still in nursing school & wonder why being a preceptor with little experience would put your license @ risk ... just curious.

She does not yet herself have very much experience, so it is not responsible for her to train another brand new nurse. She still likely needs to ask questions and has new challenges to figure out.

Also, she mentioned not being told a pt has been assigned to her. What if something happened to the patient that she was supposedly responsible for? I think there are multiple issues risking her license.

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Happeetxn specializes in ER, tele, vascular.

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She does not yet herself have very much experience,

He...........I am a male.

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grace90 is a LPN, LVN and specializes in ortho/neuro/general surgery.

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Anyways, last week I was approached about being a preceptor. Now I graduated nursing school in December 2006, oriented from mid January to mid March and then was turned loose when my preceptor went on vacation in March.

From roughly March 15th until today June 12th I have been on my own (almost 3 months) and I AM BEING ASKED TO PRECEPT!!!!!

I told the manager last week when this was brought "Do not do that to me", when I came into day I found out that I had been assigned a GN to precept.

That used to happen to me on my old ortho/neuro/surgical unit just a few months out of rookie orientation:uhoh21: , with plenty of more senior nurses working the same shift. They would pass off the newbie onto me to precept even though I didn't know Jack poop and would remind them of that. They're excuse? "Well, you're new too, so you know what a new nurse needs to know?" HUH??? :trout: :uhoh3: :angryfire

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TigerGalLE is a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU, Med/Surg.

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Well i've been off of orientation since april and I've precepted twice this week. Once an agency nurse, once an extern.... I think I did okay but it was major stress added to my day.... I didn't think I was ready.. but i did it.. and i survived

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southerngirl67 specializes in dialysis, OR.

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You are very smart to get out of that situation.

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Pepper The Cat has 33 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Gerontology.

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May I make a suggestion about finding out you picked up a pt at 3:00 and not realizing until 6:00? We had this problem too. Then at the start of each shift 7:30, 15:30 and 19:30 we would get together for 5 minutes and do a "role call". The Charge Nurse takes the census and reads off each name and the nurse caring for the pt acknowledges she has them. that way, if a pt isn't assigned or someone missed the name, it is found right away.

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