Good post, op. I have been precepting for a while ( nurse for 2 years lol). Sometimes I really get sick of it. We don 't get a choice in whether we want to precept or not. There is such a revolving door of people , a typical med surg disaster. Some orientees are good others are AWFUL. Some get angry if you insist on watching them do a procedure. GET OVER YOURSELF. I don't know you from anyone else on the street, and in the end IT IS MY PATIENT also. If I ask questions , they get incredibly defensive. How else can someone gauge what an ok assignment would be ? God forbid a few be told that they are doing something wrong. They get so defensive and angry/upset. When I was orientation, and even now, if I am not doing something correctly or someone has something to teach me, I WELCOME IT. IT does not have to be said with hugs, rainbows, and smiles either. If you are straight cathing a pt and not following sterile technique, WHY SHOULDN'T I SAY SOMETHING? The other day, a patient was SOB and wanted a respiratory treatment. The orientee I was stuck with ( yes I said that) sat down and charted for about 10 minutes. I mentioned to page respiratory and how to do that. Another few minutes went by. I did it myself, while she gave me an annoyed look. I don't even understand this logic. Page for resp. tx. for SOB FIRST, ALWAYS, then chart your routine assessment( which as she is new , takes a long time..... ). Same thing happened a few times, when I thought a MD should be paged ASAP about a change in pt condition and told her, she went and did something else that took up time. In the end, if it could harm the pt, I go ahead and do it.
I think some people just get incredibly defensive about their lack of knowledge.