I'm a student, I'm a strong student, A's and I practice my clinical skills extensively.Here's a quick rundown of the CI's I've had and how I felt about it. I've received great evaluations from all of them, but this is what my evaluation of them would be:
1. Very type A, very methodical, insisted on everything being done HER way and her way only. Watched everything like a hawk and made more than one person wail during clinicals. Her paperwork was extensive and she grilled us constantly. Impressions - I did fine with her, most others did not. I feel like I learned a lot from her, mostly how to meet expectations of others which is actually a valuable skill in this field.
2. Very lenient - no paperwork, not available to us at all. She was usually not even on the floor, so if we needed something we had to ask one of the nurses - this was a stress on the nurses and a stress on us. I liked this instructor personally, but felt abandoned by her.
3. My absolute favorite - super smart, super skilled, still worked as an RN a couple shifts a month, so she was very much rooted in the realities of nursing. Everyone adored her as an instructor. She was always available to us but did not hover, and when she was supervising a skill, our joke was that your patient would be hemorrhaging while you tried to insert an IV and she'd say, "Um, you might want to apply some pressure to that" in a completely calm voice. She never freaked about anything, BUT, if you weren't prepared or if you dropped the ball on something, she'd let you know - privately and professionally, but there was no mistaking that she was displeased. I miss her so much. I wish she was my CI throughout.
4. I just finished with the worst one yet. Very much wanted to have her fingers in everything, very much a hover-er, but it stressed her out so much that she came across as completely frazzled and inept. I'm so glad it was a short experience, we were 10 seconds away from majorly butting heads. She was confrontational with the nurses (which really sucked - she'd start this commotion with your nurse than split leaving a very unhappy RN to deal with), she always looked ruffled and frazzled and barked at everyone. Argh, it was miserable.
That's my 2 cents, hope it is worth something.