Thank you so much for caring! As you already know, being a student is intimidating, so just showing that you care will help tremendously!!! Smile once in a while to remind us that even though you have high expectations, you understand and you do care about us. And give praise if you can, nothing is better for the spirit than hearing someone tell you that you did something well, even if it is something little, it will mean so much. Don't be afraid to give direction, if you see us doing something that you don't care for, let us know right away and help to guide us through it, mold us into what you want us to be. Give us opportunities to try new things. I'm sure this can be scary on both sides, but we will learn more and be able to help you more by doing the hands-on part, of course that is only on things that are within our scope however. Don't lose your temper no matter how much you want to scream and yell, take a deep breath and then explain why you are upset. It is inevitable that no matter how patient you try to be, someone will eventually push your buttons. Just remember when you do get these types that not all students are this way and make sure you leave your feelings with that student rather than passing them on to the next one. (I had a clinical experience where I had to make up for the girl before me who was very rude and refused to do the basics because "those are CNA things and I'm not going to be a CNA" (yes, feel free to scream - and no, she is no longer in the program, thank goodness), but that was hard because the nurse already had low expectations for our class and although I won her over eventually, it took a lot of work and caused a lot of undue stress.) At least, these are things that I would appreciate as a student anyway.
I have not had a bad clinical experience yet (the one I mentioned above actually turned out great in the end, the only exception was the beginning), all of the nurses I have worked with thus far have been very warm and helpful to me and I deeply appreciate it. They have done most of the things I have stated above, which has been great for me. I know I can't expect that throughout my entire schooling, but the schooling itself is stressful enough, it's nice to have someone who cares, so for all the nursing students out there, I deeply thank you for caring!
Best of luck and enjoy your students!