I will be precepting a senior nursing student for approximately 290 hours in their last semester. I am excited to teach as I went to the same program several years ago. I have read a few articles on precepting that mention open and clear communication, being present with the student, and active listening as key points for teaching/ precepting. I have read some other threads in which similar questions have been asked. I was looking for some info specific to the ICU.
For those that have precepted before: what worked for you? what didn't work? how much specific ICU info did you cover?
You are welcome! Hopefully your student really wants to be in your unit. Just be aware that some students need a gentle nudge to encourage them, some need to be dragged to do everything, some need to be reined in because they go a thousand miles a minute...keep your teaching simple and basic (because they haven't gone through your didactic), keep them focused on the task at hand but directed toward the goal. It takes time and experience to figure out how to precept well and keep in mind that everyone learns differently so you may have to adapt your teaching style with each new person. If nothing else, you will learn patience because it takes them a long time to do anything! Also, just because you are a good nurse, doesn't necessarily make you a good teacher, but if you want to precept, just learn from each student and new grad and you will figure it out.
Last edit by dah doh on Jan 25, '13