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  • At the beginning, share your goals for the experience and clarify the student’s expectations. The student may have special learning needs to work on. You may have “pet peeves” or special interests too. It is best if you both are aware of these and discuss them at the beginning of the experience.
  • The student will need some time to become thoroughly oriented to the unit, to get to know the staff and the routines. Week-by-week guides help you and the student to set realistic practice goals:
  • Encourage the student to prepare for nursing practice. Reading charts or files is part of nursing care. Expect the student to supplement this information from other sources (family, rounds, physicians, clinicians, teachers and academic resources).
  • Negotiate the student’s assignment for the shift.  Ask the student to identify priorities,  as well determine when supervision is required and when and where you will meet to check-in on how things are going.
  • Before the student attempts anything new, ensure appropriate policies and procedures are reviewed and clarify principles and steps as necessary. This should help the student prepare for care and reduce the amount of correction required when you are with clients.