I really love teaching newbies. :)
Some tips, from me, for clinical day:
1) The Hover-er. I am very willing to teach you, I enjoy it! But please remember that I have to do actually do a job today as well, outside of teaching you. I have other patients other than the one that you have been "assigned". Please do not hover over my shoulder. Use the time that I am charting to be reading your chart, going through your orders, researching your meds. Do not stare at me and wait to do something. You have plenty to do!
2) Use some initiative. I work in pediatrics. In your "down" time, there is ALWAYS something that can be done to help my day and your patients day. What about playing a card game with the teenager who is alone? Use this time to focus on things that you won't be able to always do every day once you are working... and that is spend some quality time with your patients, get to know them, and just be there for them. That is what I miss most as a "real" nurse... my day is crazy, and those times of quiet bedside care are few and far between. Use these moments. They are invaluable for the future....
3) Want to learn. I love teaching students who truly want to learn.
4) Engage. Don't be on your phone when I'm trying to show you something, teach you something, etc. If this is just "homework" for you, then you'll be eaten alive when it's time to go out on your own.
5) Don't be a know it all. I don't care if you make straight As. You will learn something every day in the hospital. Having the attitude that you have nothing to learn, or that we should be so grateful to have YOU there for clinical.... it will not get you far with me.
6) Be PRESENT. I shouldn't have to make three laps around the unit and ask 6 people where you are when I am about to do something cool that I want to share with you.
Nursing is about so much more than passing meds. Make the most of your clinical experiences!!!
Good luck. :)