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4 Preceptor Personality Types

Prisca Smith | Scrubs Magazine


4. One of the best preceptor’s out there is the “Co-worker.” This person will work with their orientee, make a plan to provide good care to the patient while teaching along the way, and provide hands-on experience because they encourage the orientee to do as much as possible. If an orientee gets a “co-worker” they should count their blessings and make sure to provided a thank-you gift at the end of the whole ordeal!

The reality is that a good or bad preceptor makes or breaks orientation for a new nurse. So what have I learned? As a nurse on orientation, it is really, really important that I (1) give my preceptor a fair chance and really try to work with them, (2) work hard from the start and try to do as much as possible while I have someone as a back-up and (3) know when to confront a bad preceptor-orientee situation and/or ask for a new preceptor.

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