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What You Might Not Know About Your Preceptor

Kim Rapper, RN, BSN, has years of precepting experience; she knows the struggles between preceptors and orientees. In this video, she shares what orientees don't know about their preceptors--and how this knowledge could lead to a more positive precepting experience.

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13 Responses to “What You Might Not Know About Your Preceptor”

  1. dave Says:

    Silly me. I didn’t realize that most preceptors are not paid extra for working with new nurse orientees. Explains a lot … Great video.

  2. Christine Says:

    Great video! Thanks!

  3. Vy Says:

    Being a preceptor when needed is part of the nursing job description where I work.

  4. Tim Says:

    Is it just me, but do the graduates from the ‘prestigious’ BSN programs seem to you to need a LOT more help learning clinical skills. Now, if you want a research paper written . . .

  5. beachluver Says:

    Nice to hear the perspective from the opposite side of the coin.

  6. Anna Banana Says:

    I was fortunate to have an awesome preceptor this summer while I was an extern. I was so glad for her patience, and guidance… even when I was slow at things… I felt like I was following her around like a little puppy dog, but she always told me that it was OK and she didn’t mind. I learned so much that is helping me to be more confident (even though I’m still scared to death) in my last semester of nursing school/clinicals. I am grateful for my experience, and the opportunity to work with her.

  7. Maria Says:

    This was an interesting video. I would just like to also mention that when I was with my preceptor it was NOT a very good match. Personally, I don’t think this nurse should of been a preceptor because she was immature. I will never forget the evening she laughed right in my face because of a question I had asked regarding an IV infusion. New nurses need time, patience and understanding and what I learned that night was that there are NO stupid questions, she was very unprofessional and that there is always another preceptor out there that may fit with your style of nursing better. Thanks

  8. PeacefulRN Says:

    This was an interesting video. I learned alot about precepting, perhaps to apply it to my career in the future. I love it when nurses take the time to explain our roles.

  9. Meng Says:

    Preceptors, oh yes most of the preceptors I have encountered have no earthly idea what they are talking about because they have not experienced the reality of how it is to be a good nurse. They are bookworms no hands on experience.
    We need more knowledgeable nurses these days. I am sorry…

  10. Rosie, BSN/RN Says:


    Oh, my dear Tim…I am from a BSN program, and I have to tell you, yes, sometimes BSN students do need extra help…because we are writing reasearch papers, looking at evidence based practice, and coming up with better ways to do things in the field and for our patients as well as colleagues. We are also getting our experience in public health, community health, leadership…something ADNs don’t get. It doesn’t make us better, however, it does give us different/more knowledge. Instead of looking down at the new BSN’s who may not be clinically up to par with you, perhaps you can help out a fellow colleague, adopt a professional attitude, and share your knowledge. You never know: that BSN you help may know a plethera of information on things YOU may not know…please don’t put up the brick wall of “ADN vs BSN”…we’re all RN’s, and we’re there for the patients. That’s what it comes down to.

    On the other side of the coin, I have also come across ADN nurses who need help with a lot of things when they first hit the floor as a new nurse. The sword cuts both ways, dear Tim.

    Please don’t be THAT nurse who is playing that ADN vs BSN game…that’s such a lame game and has no place for the profession. It’s attitudes like that that divide our profession, pitting nurses against nurses. Do you ever see D.O.’s and M.D.’s doing that? No, and because THEY ARE PROFESSIONALS.

    Let’s start acting like it, shall we?

    (In case you are not aware, I’ve had this conversation with many, many people…and it sickens me).

  11. shannon Says:

    TIM- Maybe the adn nurse can hang the iv bags, give meds faster, insert ng and catheters .

    But how long will it take for the BSN student to catch those monkey manual labor skills?

    As a bsn grad who precepted with adn students, they are lacking pathophysiology, knowledge of drug and drug interactions and critical thinking.

    They need to catch up on that.

  12. Julie Says:

    Very nicely stated Rosie! “Nurses eating their young” is inexcusable in a field which is held to such high, moral standards.

  13. YUT Says:

    that’s such a lame game and has no place for the profession. It’s attitudes like that that divide our profession, pitting nurses against nurses. Do you ever see D.O.’s and M.D.’s doing that? No, and because THEY ARE PROFESSIONALS.

    Actually there is still a lot of discrimination against DOs by MDs. To the point that they won’t accept them for residencies and think they are incompetent flunkies that couldn’t become “real” doctors. In essence their training is very similar and after the training, they do the same job. I’ve heard MDs say some pretty nasty things about them though.

    As in any profession, there will always be pitting of those with different training against each other. It’s a dog eat dog world I guess. Just gotta stay above it and don’t sweat the small stuff.

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