The title of this article caught my eye and for a split second it made me defensive. This defensive reaction encouraged me to read the article. This is a wonderfully written article and in no way belittles the important role that all nurses have in healthcare.
My personal journey in nursing began in the supply department in a rural hospital. I witnessed the compassion and professional attitudes of the nurses and I was in awe. From my exposure at that rural hospital I was motivated to pursue my CNA, LPN, RN, and BSN. I possess more knowledge than the person I was working in the supply department, but I am fundamentally the same caring, empathetic, loving person, regardless of the initials after my name. It is impossible to teach someone the necessary personal characteristics it takes to be a nurse. It isn't a job, it is who I am.
My precepting experiences as a student were for the most part pleasant. I didn't experience hostility towards me. If I did I was too oblivious to notice. In my career working side by side other nurses and witnessing the interactions of student and preceptor, I am embarrassed and ashamed of many of my co-workers. I love the role of preceptor. I view it as an investment in the nursing profession. The nurses I train may be the nurses taking care of me one day.