I see a lot of comments about students standing in the wrong spot...maybe it would be helpful to put a piece of tape on the wall labeled "Student" and instruct them to stand under the tape unless directed otherwise. That way they'd know where to stand. Also -- even when it's busy, if the student is following the circulating nurse, the circulator should be explaining things to the student before they go into the OR. They shouldn't be allowed to walk through that door until they know the basic ground rules. I feel like that's a part of the job of the patient's advocate. It is not in the patient's best interest to have a student or any other unprepared person in the OR while they're so vulnerable. I realize that nurses are busy, but many times, taking a few extra seconds to explain something (nicely) to a student, will prevent lots of frustration and possible incidents later on.
Overall, I think these posts are very helpful to students. I am going to suggest to my OR manager that we print off a bunch of copies to put in a folder in the locker rooms where students will see them before they even leave the room.