Nursing

Ask the expert: Helping new preceptees overcome reality shock

Nurse Leader Insider, February 15, 2010

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This week, Diana Swihart, PhD, DMin, MSN, CS, RN-BC, discusses how to help new nurses overcome reality shock.

Q: I have new nurses on my unit, and know reality shock can be tough. How can I help them overcome reality shock and be successful in their new position?

A: New nurses enter their assigned practice settings eager to begin their new jobs, to meet their new colleagues, and to accept their new challenges. They complete orientation and their initial competency verifications without difficulty. Their preceptors ease the transition into practice and teach them everything they need to be successful. Then, six months to a year later, disillusionment sets in. The preceptee realizes that the reality of the new healthcare environment is flawed.

There are four phases to reality shock and with each phase of reality shock, there are different ways to help preceptees overcome reality shock.

To read more on the four phases of reality shock and how to help new preceptees overcome the shock, click here.

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