I am always amazed about how little "hands on experience" nursing students have received from local colleges. Two senior nursing students that I precepted had little experience with injections and absolutely no experience with the use of glucometers. The opportunities to teach and mentor were necessary and constant! The teaching methods that I used were repetitive demonstration with verbal instruction when caring for children and then the opportunity for the student nurse to provide direct care with supervision. The nursing students had never been provided with this instruction!
When tutoring nursing students for exams, I understand that discussion of the material must include possible real time situations to make the material relevant. This reinforces the knowledge base of concepts in nursing.