I'm precepting a new grad who will be on nights (I'm day shift - lack of evidence staff on nights meant that I was chosen to precept for her first several weeks). We are in week eight by now, and I'm starting to feel like I've failed her. 😔 I'm hoping to hear any advice you guys have; I've got one more week with her and then she'll orient on nights for two weeks, then be on her own.
Our biggest issues, apart from normal stuff like time management, is retaining knowledge and being self-directed. She comes to me with the same questions over and over again, she wants help doing the same skills we've already practiced several times, and even balks at going into rooms by herself or recording her own assessment until she's talked to me about it. After eight weeks, not only am I exhausted, but I sort of feel like I can't trust her to do anything on her own. I have been working so hard to turn her questions around on her (I.e., "What do you think we should do next?" "What supplies do you need?" "What are your priorities this morning?") and to let her figure things out as much as possible without severely delaying or interfering with care. It's not just that she needs a lot of direction, but most of the time, she will not, say, draw labs or start new meds or whatever, until I remind her to look at her new orders.
Another coworker precepted for me last week one shift during a pre-planned vacation, and she is reporting the same issues. She said she spoke to our manager about it, and I also have been talking to my manager and our unit educators. Nothing is helping. My manager seems to think I'm being too nice, but I'm doing everything I can to let her work things out herself; there are times, though, where if I don't step in eventually, things won't get done at all.
I've precepted new grads before and typically enjoy it, but I feel like this is just not going well at all. I've also never gotten any formal training in precepting, so I'm wondering if anyone has any other thoughts or ideas? She is a very sweet woman, very earnest, and I know she was going through school at the height of the pandemic - but I don't know that this unit and hospital are going to give her the time and training she needs to succeed, and I worry for what will happen when she's off orientation.