I precept-ed students in the past (ASU/CVRU ) and currently in cardiac rehab.
What do I look for....
Very little actually. I don't have expectations. If a student is open to learning it is terrific. I pretty much go through rhythms, scenarios, survival skills, learning what's a priority.
The staff may get you to do some of the nursing assistants work if they are short. Try not to get annoyed with this. It's a balance.The world of nursing school
is quite concrete/ rigid nursing in the field is more flexible so be open to that.
I personally ask students. What do you want to learn (even if it's non cardiac ) I get them to pick areas they are weak at. I tell them "Here is where you get to make mistakes because I am right behind you .I am here to help you not judge you. I have forgotten a lot of nsg school A&P but if you want to focus on something I will review it and then get back to you. If the nursing student asks for something to focus on then doesn't bother to review it herself then I no longer go out of my way for that student. I tell students straight up "Its your practice If you want to float through without actively learning. I have absolutely no issue with that but don't waste my time "I personally like students to teach me things. I may not know the latest DM med ,so go for it.
A lot of what I focused on was how to think critically.Just be willing and open. Don't waste energy on "but in nursing school....." Instead try, "I am not clear on this .Can you help me understand ".
I keep it really simple. Look,listen ,learn.
1 Look at the pt NOT the monitor (develop assmt skills ) ....(Catch the problem early prevents the future code )
2 Listen to what the pt saying. If you listen they will tell you the problem,cause and often the solution.
3 Be willing to learn from everyone. There are many styles .
Don't do something you are not qualified to do.
Don't spout everything you have ever learned. You are there to learn what you DON'T know (unless your seeking clarification )
Be prepared for a little turbulence .Nothing is perfect.