i did an student preceptorship thing this past summer, before my last year of nursing school
. did 6 weeks in an ICU, 6 weeks in rehab. so, a good mentor/preceptor, from a student's perspective
-on the very first day, give her a short tour of the unit, especially noting the bathroom, where to put her things, and a fridge for personal food if you have one. sounds basic, but knowing where the bathroom is is quite important
-also on the first day, sit with her and ask her what she wants to gain from the experience, what her goals/objectives are. tell her what you will be doing with her, what you expect from her. tell her to not be afraid to ask you questions, to ask for help or advice.
-introduce her to everyone else working on your unit. when my preceptor did this, it made me feel more included, and not like they were all looking at me wondering who i was.
-on the first few days, show her the basic daily routine, let her watch you. then slowly, let her do more. let her see the routine of a RN on your unit, instead of just letting her do skills for you and others all day. that is one thing we dont learn so much in school, is the routine of a RN's day and how to do it. dont throw her in too soon, and don't wait too long to let her do things on her own. i had one preceptor who waited way too long to let me do things alone.
-provide routine feedback on how she is doing. dont let it become like above poster mentioned where she got to the end and didn't know the preceptor thought she wasn't as good as she could be.
-you'll be fine. both of my preceptors were nice.