Quote from regglynn
We start at 0645 until 1845. A full day. But what I would like to know, is there anything else I should bring??/ I think I have most everything covered. then I would like to know, how can I be a great student nurse to my preceptor and not get in the way or bug her too much. I want to learn everything, but I don't want to get "eaten alive". Can anyone give me advice about what a nurse will expect out of me and how I can work with her without getting in her way????
Though I have only been a MICU nurse for 10 months (was a new grad); I enjoy working with students.
Things to do to be helpful:
Record hourly vitals and urine outputs
Do all procedures you know how to do
Ask questions on procedures you are not sure about
Volunteer to do nasty stuff that normally a CNA would do (empty linen baskets, help to clean and bathe patients, etc).
Jump in to watch exciting or new to you procedures being done even if it is not your patient.
Be eager to learn - doctors will even answer questions for you.
Things that are unhelpful:
Do not go to lunch when the RN needs your help with something
Do not sit in the breakroom and work on your care plan - be on the floor learning.
Do not act bored
Do not spend much time in the workday looking things up in books; books are for later and homework.
Enjoy your ICU clinicals!