My first week as a preceptor
Coffee withdrawal is a pain in the ass. Seriously my head kills. I did not realize how dependent I have succumb to caffeine. I think what matters is taking it in a healthy manner instead of ice caps or without a shit load of sugar.
Anywho this was my first week with my student. It feels weird being the preceptor. It feels long ago as I was a student but at the same time I still feel like I am starting out and still “fresh” as a nurse. I’ve been on the surgical unit for about 2.5 years.
I love the teaching component of it. But I think I need to wait it out to see how she picks up as it is too soon. It’s her first surgical experience. But she seems to be taking it in grace and is willing to learn. There are some points like she fails to tell me if the patients blood pressure was high or that a patient surgical site was bleeding. But I’ve let her know to keep me updated. I’ve also been giving her a bit more patients to assess and do vital signs so she perfects those skills. She came in not knowing how to prime a IV line, which is how I started out. I think what I need to remember is to be patient. Instead of telling her what a medication does, I’ve opted to tell her to go research what it is and I quiz her about it afterwards. We will see how things go.
I don’t want to be one of those nurses who give all the work to my student; but at the same time I want to throw her in the waters to see how she manages on her own SO she can learn. Nevertheless I will be close by to teach, assist ant guide.
I hope this goes well.
If there are any nursing students and preceptors out there in the tumblr community who want to give me some tips. That would be great?