WitchyRN, outstanding advice!! You've done this before, haven't you!!??
Rach, I agree, be yourself, keep your eyes and ears (and mind) open!
Surgery can be overwhelming as far as the amount of info that comes at you! You might try prioritizing what you want to learn, keeping an eye on technique, names of instruments, etc, but maybe really work on IV techniques if you feel that's a weak spot that you want to brush up on.
Depending on how long you are going to be there, you can check off other things off your list as you go.
When I had a senior student, that was one thing we did, sort of prioritize things.
By the time she finished up, with me watching of course, she was doing foley's, prepping, etc. I think she had a great experience, and think it helped her in the long run.
Her instructor was concerned about her passing her boards (sorry, old term) NCLEX, but I don't think her OR time was a waste.
As a student, in my mind, there's a fine line to talking, asking questions, etc.
I hate a student that comes in an acts like they know it all!! :angryfire3
I also hate students that look board!! Somewhere in between is good to me.