Hey! Just wanted to add a couple more thoughts...
I felt the affective part of post-conference was the most helpful. I think *all* nurses need to talk about what went well, what went bad and how they felt about it.
Find opportunities for your students. If one student hasn't done a cath yet, let the staff and other students know so that student is on deck for the next cath.
Ask students questions and make them think but don't give the third degree. I like the CI who'd casually ask "And before we give this medication (anti-hypertensive), what assessment should be done?" It gives the student an opportunity to say yes, they've gotten a BP and it is ___ -- or, on the flip side, the student can stop to think and say oh, yeah - I need a BP. It's a whole lot better than "So what's the patient's blood pressure?".
Constantly remind them that there are no penalties for asking for help and no one should try and be super-nurse.
Do all schools do patho-diagrams? I feel they help tremendously...even though I hated them at first. Assign a pathodiagram on a patient where student must make connections between disease processes, S/S, lab values, treatments, meds, etc. These have helped sooooo much.
Encourage and nuture confidence. Always start by praising the good things a student has done and then suggest improvements. A confident nurse is not afraid to ask for help, is not afraid to question an order and - most importantly - is not afraid to advocate for his/her patient.
Just offer general help. I had a wonderful psych CI who'd actually taught pharm many years ago. She would often just ask us how pharm was going, offer hints for remembering drugs, etc. Be a teacher - teach about whatever is the event of the moment. Teach about different types of incontinence when a pt is incontinent. Teach about schizophrenia if a pt has it. It does not matter if it is within the immediate scope of the unit or rotation you are working on. Don't think..."well, they'll get the info on pneumonia when they are in patho" or "they'll learn about warfarin in pharm" -- teach it if it's there to teach. It aids in the synthesis of the info for the students.
Good luck!! If you are so interested in doing the things to be a good CI, then you have some very lucky future students.