Im currently in my 8th week of oreintation in a pul step-down unit and my manager told me today that my preceptors(all 7 of them) have not given be the best reviews and that she has not seen much improvent and that unless i prove to them in the last 3/4 weeks that i have that i can work on the unit, i will have to leave. *sigh. i feel like im losing this battle every week. While their preceptorship program is not the best, i din blame it. I took full responsibilty for my performance and promised myself that i wld do my homework n be better each day. Heck, i even dug out my old nursing scool notes to refresh everything.
I was told that during oreintation that i wld be pushed hard but i don understand how a new grad like me can learn to draw labs, review results, communicate with the NPs, MDs about a pt's plan of care, know when the med students round, know when to let the unit secretary to schedule xrays, know how to realise when orders have been changed on the computer in 8 weeks. I NEVER learnt any of them in nsg school, maybe i drew labs once but that was a few years ago and at that time my main concern was getting the technique right.
In school i always heard bout how "nurses eat their young", now that im in the real world as a new grad, i realise that they rip us apart. Some say not everyone is cut out to be in critical care, i say if you love it and enjoy working it regardless of how stressful it can get, then you are cut out to be in critical care. Yes, I might take a bit more time than others (i wonder if the other new grads on my unit are in similar position), but i feel like im getting there. Too bad for me, my preceptors...whom I thought were going to support me instead of burn me...don think so. Worse, they reported to my manager without telling me 1st. Ughhhhh. Hope you other new grads do not get anything 1/2 as bad as we are getting.