Your RT Question: . I am a first year student and I start my clinical rotations this week. I want to make the best impression possible because I am going to a hospital I would very much like to work for in the future. I want to balance my lack of experience and eagerness to learn without annoying my preceptor with stupid questions. What are some common pitfalls and mistakes you see with students and rookies? How can I make the
best impression? How can I get the most out of this experience?
My humble answer: The following are some of things RT Students do that might cause a problem, although I do believe all such problems can be remedied with experience.
1. Arrogance. I have seen some students come in and think they know it all. Knowledge is fine, but humble yourself, as you are a guest at the place you're doing your clinicals.
2. Hesitance: Some students want to spend all their time watching and are afraid to do it themselves. It's okay to be a little hesitant (I know I was), but there comes a time you have to just do it. Don't worry about being perfect, because you should have a preceptor right there to guide you along.
3. Laziness: Get your work done. If you have an assignment, do it and do it promptly. If you don't get your work done this may give a bad impression of your school.
4. Incompetence: I don't see it too often, but there are some students who simply have no idea what they are doing. When you see one, you will wonder how they managed to get out of RT 101. However, I what appears at first to be an incompetent RT may actually just be a nervous student. So it's important for the preceptor to know the difference.
5. Nervous/ Anxious: