First off set very clear rules or expectations for them so they know what not to do and
dont hurt anyone, including themselves.
Secondly, critical care is really intense. There is so much to learn! Try to focus more
on keeping them safe and cultivating a love of critical thinking and pathophysiology rather
than splitting hairs over every detail. It takes years to learn and master the details.
Give them simple hands on tasks, like priming IV tubing. Break it down into simple steps.
Also the students who seem like slackers just simply might already know that they
do not want to be critical care nurses... and thats ok. Its not your fault, critical care
just isnt for them. In my nursing school
during clinicals I was dying to get to the hospital
every day, even went the day before to pick out my patient and look up everything in advance
while other nursing students absolutely hated it and couldnt wait to leave.
Its an intense environment and some people can take it only in very small doses.
One fellow student of mine I remember passed out during a rather bloody insertion
of an ng or foley ( i wasn't there). She fell hit her head and got a black eye. It was
just too much for her. Just accept people for where they are in the process and try not
to scare them...because lets face..us ICU nurses can be intimidating.
hope that gives you some words of encouragement.
And its awesome that you are willing to share your knowledge by precepting.