Maybe the work/studying paid off or maybe I just got lucky when the assignment generator was running, but I was fortunate enough to receive the preceptorship assignment I've been hoping for since starting school--the Emergency Department at a large urban hospital (trying to be deliberately vague re:location). I was a -B for a bit, and had my -P for two years (didn't use my ALS skills much, but I did use them...), then when I got out of the AF, I worked across the hall from the ED for a while so I'd consider myself at least moderately familiar with the way the ED runs. However, compared to that previous experience, working there as a nurse is a whole 'nuther animal. To whit, I have some questions about expectations/preparation for my assignment so that I'm useful beyond just being a warm body and observing. In the preceptorship handbook for my school there is a list of tasks we're allowed to do/prohibited from doing so I'm not going to violate those limitations but would like to solicit some opinions, hopefully from nurses who have precepted in the ED about
1) Is there a single thing a student could do to either (a) totally knock your socks off or (b) get the student booted out of the ED and if so, what is it?
2) What skills/knowledge bits do you expect a student to know COLD instead of having to look them up in a pocket guidebook/phone app?
3) Are there any extra courses, beyond those normally included in a nursing school curriculum, that would be useful for a student to complete? I've done ACLS/PALS and have my eye on ABLSnow! and some of the AHA coursework re: rhythm ID, stroke, etc. but I have a couple more weekends free before preceptorship begins that I'd like to use productively.
I'll probably come up with some more questions later, but I figure these will make for a good start--thanks in advance for the advice/answers.