Sunday, October 07, 2007

The Preceptor

Okay, I've only been back to nursing since July, and I already got made a Preceptor. Talk about fast track. The nurse I'm precepting, she's a total doll, we were actually in New Employee Orientation together. Her son is a year younger than me. I haven't precepted since I worked in Baltimore, so I was a little worried about it, but so far so good.

She knows her stuff. She's solid in assessing a patient, and has amazing nursing instincts. The main thing with her is her lack of confidence...she's very intelligent, but lacks the confidence. On two separate occasions, she followed her instincts and assessment to get the doctor to come in to see 2 patients that ended up needing intensive monitoring the next day. She's a solid grade A nurse.

My preceptor in Bmore was the shizznit! I had alot of trepidation my first day but Betsy showed me how to work wonders on the unit. She taught me pretty much alot of what I know in nursing, who the 'it' people were and how to connect with people. She was fun, relatable, and went out of her way to develop a connection with me. We ended up really good friends and made me want to be that type of Preceptor. It's weird, she was 27 when she precepted me---and I was 21. Wow, time flies.

So anyway, I'm a preceptor. I'd like to think that so far I've been at least half the great preceptor that Betsy was to me. I'm paying it forward.


raecatherine said...

precepting is a very rewarding when you're paired with a promising new nurse. it helps restore your faith in nursing, doesn't it? sounds like you're doing great! it's also fun to see how much a new nurse can grow in just a year..

Vixen said...

Yes, it really Preceptee is so smart! I wish I was like her when I