For the most part, I love having students on my unit. Most of the students I work with are in their last semester, and have gained some experience. I am a preceptor, and I love to teach. That being said, there are some things that irk me:
1.Do not carry on loud conversations in the hall/nurses station, etc. This is a hospital, we try to do things quietly. Voices carry and the noise is irritating to the patients, the staff, and the MD's.
2.Be aware of your surroundings. I hate having to say "Excuse me!" to move students that are blocking the hall. This is something you should have learned by now in clinicals.
3. Be aware of what the nurses are doing. Do not rush up to me and start talking without observing what is going on. I am more than willing to teach you, answer your questions, etc., but please wait for an appropriate time, I may be in the middle of something, or going to an emergency. Stop and think.
4. Don't be a know-it-all. I hated those people in school, and I hate them now. Everyone has something to learn. As a nurse, I learn new stuff every time I work. Stay open to every lesson, no matter how trivial. The day you think you know everything is the day you should stop being a nurse.
5. If I am precepting you, please be prepared for questions. It is OK to say you don't know, but I do expect you to then find the answer. I may not be your instructor, but I will still test your basic knowledge.
6. Ask lots of questions, and never turn down an opportunity to do a skill, even if you have already done it. Practice makes perfect.
7. Relax! Enjoy your clinical experience. Even the bad stuff is a learning opportunity. Don't apologize for being an inconvenience, if you show you are really trying. Yes, you are slower than us, but you are learning. Don't be upset if we give you constructive criticism. Learn from it.