Is anyone else out there being trained by a nurse whose thick accent and grasp of the English language make learning difficult? I am a new grad RN on an intermediate care unit and I have always been one for diversity and both nurses who are training me are excellent, but there are a lot of communication barriers between us. For example, I will say one thing and my preceptor interprets it as another and vice versa. I feel like this might not be such an issue if I caught on quicker, or if I had already been a nurse and was just transferring to a new unit, but I am admittedly a slow learner and I really need things spelled out for me.
With so many communication issues between myself and my preceptors, I feel like I don't get the instruction or explanations that I need to really learn things right. As a new grad, I am struggling with being a new nurse in a hospital I never did clinicals in and the communication barriers just make it so much harder. I probably should have said something about this issue right away, but we're a month into my training now and the clinical lead also has an accent and is from another country and I don't want anyone to take anything the wrong way if I request an American preceptor without an accent.
Anyway, just wanted to vent about it and see if anyone else faced any similar obstacles. I still have 4 weeks left of training and I thought it would be getting better by now and I would understand my preceptor more with time, but every day just leaves me more and more frustrated!