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4 Preceptor Personality Types

Prisca Smith | Scrubs Magazine


3. Another preceptor I’ve run into is the “Hands-off.” In other words, the orientee will keep her HANDS OFF the patients while this nurse is in charge, and this kind of preceptor will do EVERYTHING while not imparting one iota of knowledge.

I actually had a “hands-off” during one of my first orientations and she was also a “set-up” – in other words, I wasn’t “allowed” to do anything with the patients and was there to observe only, UNLESS something went wrong, which was when I was “set-up” to take the blame. Bad combo and yet another preceptor to “trade-in,” if possible.

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    over 4 years ago


    My hospital gives preceptor pay; they just have to write it in a time clock edit log. I do have to say that I experienced a preceptor that did a lot of the work and didn't teach me stuff, or sometimes she did let me do stuff but rushed me through it and sometimes even took over. I also felt like when I asked questions she didn't answer them in the way I was looking for - she was too rushed to make sure she was getting at what I needed to know. Also I felt she was very critical. So I got a new preceptor, actually 2 cause my main preceptor is part time, but she was the only one available where I will be working, right now. I really like both of them now. They are both "co-worker" style.

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