As a student (albeit a mature student
), I hope you don't mind if I comment from my perspective.
As a student,
it is helpful for me to know what is expected up front, how it is to be done. When you go over them, PLEASE use constructive criticism! I have the opportunity to improve when I know where it is needed.
On the floor:
If you are going in with me to do a new procedure, a calm, quiet conversation prior is most helpful. Ask me if I have everything I need (and make sure I do), explain what you will do and what I will do. Staying with me with words of encouragement and letting me accomplish the task will gain you the worship of your students! :bowingpur
Please remember I am just learning and may be very nervous. Firing questions at me without a breath in between will embarrass me and frustrate you when I need a second to think before I answer. I do come prepared to clinical, but especially in the beginning, my organization may not be up to speed yet.
Please do not embarrass me in front of the hospital staff or other students. If I need correction, a calm, private conversation will be the best way for me to hear and understand what you are saying.
A sense of humor is necessary (isn't that true for nursing in general?) and please, please, please, be who you are. As students, we want you to be yourself. It makes all of us more comfortable. If you are the first clinical instructor someone has, you will have an impact for their entire career!
I loved my first clinical instructor (she did all of the above). I have even changed to weekend clinicals for advanced med/surg to be with her again. I learned so much!
Thank you for letting me put in my
. Just by asking, you have already shown that you care about your students. I be willing to bet you will be great!!!