as a new grad it is up to you to get everything you need out of your preceptor. i am finally over my 1 year mark, so like many i was just being precepted myself. i had 2 preceptors. my first preceptor had 7 years of experience as a rn, but just 7 months experience in medsurg. my very first day with her was extremely unproductive (i had my license prior to starting) because all i did was hand out medications. being that medsurg was new for her it was difficult for her to systemically provide care. before my first day was over i sat down with her and informed her that even though i was a rn, i was 100% new to nursing and needed more from her. she seemed very receptive, but at the end of my third shift with her i still was unable to say that i was getting what i needed out of orientation, so i informed her that i was going to request another preceptor, which i did. to my surprise she was supportive and in agreement. she told me that she was very stressed because she was still trying to learn how to manage her days and did not feel like she was capable of precepting yet. my new preceptor had 8 yrs of med surg experience on my unit of 60 beds and she was awesome. she showed me everything from protocols to skills to the qualifications of becoming certified in med surg. sometimes while you are in orientation you have to speak up. it's not a crime to request a different preceptor if you do it professionally. if you are unable to get what you need from your preceptor "speak up." it's too late to complain after orientation is over, do something about your dilemma while you have the opportunity. for those who precept: please refuse to precept if you feel like you are unable to, regardless of the cause, because at the end of the day you are still stuck working with us inexperienced ones. if we are not taught you are the one's stuck helping us pick up the slack one way or the other. why not put the extra work in while orienting us rather than cleaning up after us (i.e. night shift, cn, buddies, etc.). i am extremely grateful to all those who precept
willingly or unwillingly, because without preceptor how would new grads become equipped? so thank you to all of you preceptors out there.