Published Jul 25, 2009
I was written up while I was precepting a new grad for a mistake she made. I understand my responsibility as a preceptor, however this is going in my employee file. My orientee did not receive a write up, which I was grateful for. No one was harmed in the incident. Just putting this out there as a caution for other nurses.
I will no longer train a new nurse at my facility. I had an incident with a new grad I was asked to train, the supervisor who assigned her to me actually LIED right to my face about her issues...told me she was "just fine, no problems or concerns.". Well, after she made a nice little narc error, I found out that she had made the EXACT SAME MISTAKE several times before, and that admin was well aware of it! In fact, it seemed that EVERYONE BUT ME knew about it!
So, no more training for this nurse.
Medic/Nurse, BSN, RN
Had a situation with a new paramedic that I had some issues with but I was trying to be nice and I reasoned that I was good enough at what I did that I could overcome any "clinical deficiencies" of a new partner.
Well, it bit me. Big.
Now - I will still precept but I will pick nits off of 'em. In my speciality I cannot teach clinical critical thinking in this environment - either they have it or they don't at this stage in the game.
You show signs of not "getting it"as my preceptee - I will make sure that the issue is taken up the chain of command and they will NOT be on the aircraft - period.
Good lesson - sucks that you too learned it the hard way.
As a new grad I had some of the worst preceptors. This is to all of the preceptors out there PLEASE PLEASE calm down so we as anew grad will calm too!!!!!!! Stop the yelling and asking the stupied question" don't you know that!!!!!!!!! No I don't or may be if you stop rolling your eyes I will remember. SPeak slowly to us, say every thing will help us learn don't hold back thinking " oh should know that by now". I found that men are much much calmer and willing to teach more than femal nurses. It is a shame cause I'm a femal nurse. There is nothing call eather they have it or not. We all have it just trust us& be patint. stop stop stop thinking that new grad =mistakes. I don't think every exp nrse had it either? thanks
Did was many others percepted by you who did mistakes before? If not them is a BAD management decision, before writing up at the first issue are many other correctional methods!
Hugs to you!
I also had a horrible preceptor, when I was a new grad. It taught me a valuable lesson of how important it is to be understanding of their stress and what they are going through. That is why I was glad she didn't get written up. Thankyou for your input.
No, I have been a nurse for 15 years and have not had this happen before.
BabyLady, BSN, RN
I think you should be more specific.
There are things that are fair, and things that are crazy....
DeLana_RN, BSN, RN
This is so wrong. Can you tell us what kind of mistake was made? This would shed some light, but doesn't change the fact that the orientee made the error, not you. And becaue she is an orientee, leniency should have been used. That said, I remember the horrors of my own orientations (each time I had a horrible preceptor) - but if something happened, if anyone got "written up", is was me, not them. Even as a GN I was held accountable for each and every med error I made; my preceptor (who was never around, anyway, but that's a different story), was in the clear.
Doing stupid things like writing up nurses who are doing their best to precept while (usually) having their own pt load to contend with is one reason while the best preceptors say, "No more!" and leave us with abusive bullies who ask their orientee, whom they have rushed through the explanation of a complicated machine and who don't immediately remember every detail of said equipment, "Are you on some kind of meds? Why don't you get it?" Yes, it happened to me, in my last job. The usual preceptor, who was really good (and helped me out later) had just stepped down from the responsibilty after not being appreciated. Lucky me, I got stuck with a preceptor from he||.
Note to managers: Writing up your preceptors for orientee's mistakes - unless they were standing right there and could have prevented it - is just plain wrong. You will lose your best ones, and your next orientees will suffer. But do you even care?
I had the best preceptor ever! were great friends to this day. I dont think id ever want to precept. I really dont have the patience. im very ocd about my shift and getting things done a certain way, lol.
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