Illustrative Quote from Data


Nursing preceptors with a bad attitude

An uncomfortable learning environment

I agree with that, because when I was in my clinicals, med surg and peds rotations, I think were the ones I was in, we had terrible nurses. They would laugh at us they didn’t let us do anything ((Lewins, Taylor &amp Gibbs, 2005).

Attitude and environment

Instructors knowledge of co-workers and connections

Knowledge of working environment

If your clinical instructor works at that hospital and knows people there, then they know the nurses who are going to work with you well, the nurses who aren’t (Lewins, Taylor &amp Gibbs, 2005). Having those connections makes a huge difference.

Apprentices are fearful and shy

Giving almost obvious instructions (babysitting)

As a preceptor, was like having to babysit somebody. You want to show them everything, but everybody is so scared that you’re hiding in rooms. Just come with me, follow me, I will take you out there (Graneheim &amp Lundman, 2003).

Supervision and apprentice attitude

Apprentices desire to ask questions that are almost obvious

I feel comfortable saying, ‘can I start that IV? Watch me and let me know if I’m doing anything wrong, but can I start it?’

Preceptors seem to expect too much from learning nurses

Apprentices get assigned challenging tasks because they can carry out tasks by the book

You’re going to be expected to do things you’ve never done before, when some other people, they’ve done it themselves (Gibbs, 2002).

High expectations

A learning nurse has to endure practical challenges

When you start as a nurse you are going to have to do things you’ve never done before and you’ve got to suck it up and you’ve just got to do it (Elo &amp Knygas, 2007).


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