Clinical days, sites and rotations are specific to each student.
All clinical courses require the student to integrate theory and laboratory training in the patient care setting. The focus of this clinical course is application of therapies, techniques and procedures used to support the adult patient in respiratory failure. Topics include hemodynamic and gas exchange monitoring, weaning techniques and non-invasive applications, intubation and airway care, full and partial ventilator support modes, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and diagnostic and monitoring uses of the ECG.
Each student will compile a clinical portfolio documenting the learning activities for the semester.
The clinical portfolio is to be organized as follows:
In a 3 ring binder create divisions (using tab sheets) for the following in the exact order listed.
Each Student will successfully complete any competencies not completed in any other rotation.
CLINICAL PORTFOLIO FINAL CHECK-OFF APRIL 12th NOON. NO EXCEPTIONS!
GENERAL GUIDELINES ON Competencies
1. Perform an intubation
2. Observe/perform pulmonary function testing (spirometry-clinic and/or
bedside, peak flow, diffusion, plethysmography)
3. Perform hemodynamic monitoring
4. Perform Arterial line sampling
5. Perform Pulmonary artery pressure measurement
6. Perform Thermodilution Cardiac Output Measurement
7. Perform Bronchoscopy assisting
8. Perform Electrocardiography
9. Observe Metabolic assessment
10. Observe Stress testing
11. Observe Lung Scan
12. Observe CAT scan
13. Observe MRI
14. Observe Cardiac catherization
15. Observe Echocardiography
16. Observe and/or perform hyperbaric oxygen therapy
In addition to the competencies, the student will have physician interaction to promote effective communication skills between physician and student and to allow student to begin to appreciate the physician’s perspective of patient care
Affective Clinical Evaluation:
Each student will be evaluated on their performance during their clinical rotation by their preceptor.
The evaluation includes:
Clinical Portfolio complete 20%
Case Study 20%
Task Analysis 20%
Performance evaluation 40%
Attendance at clinical sites is an essential component of the student’s
clinical education. The student must be in their assigned area of
rotation and prepared for instruction at the scheduled time for that
SIGNING IN AND OUT:
Each student is required to document their clinical hours on the sign-in sheet in the clinical portfolio. The sign in/out for each clinical day will be signed by the therapist with whom the student has worked on that clinical day. Each student will complete 18, 12 hours shifts for a total of 216 hours of clinical time. Every student is required to make
up any missed time.
MISSED CLINIC DAYS
If a student is unable to present at the clinical site, it ishis/her
responsibility to report the intended absence to the clinical site and
Director of Clinical Education prior to the time for the Practicum.
When reporting an absence to the Director of Clinical Education,
please call 940-397-4652 (department secretary) and leave the message.
When reporting the absence to the clinical site, have the hospital
operator page the charge therapist on night shift. Leave the message
with the charge therapist.
The calls to report an absence must be made at least one hour prior to
the scheduled time for the Practicum. An absence not reported by this
procedure will be recorded on the Clinical Incident Form. The
Director of Clinical Education will take extenuating circumstances
into account. An adverse decision may be appealed to the Program
Director. A make up day will be arranged.
It is equally important that a student be punctual to the clinical
site. In order for the student to obtain maximum benefit from the
clinical Practicum, they must be present for the report given at the
change of shift. Late is defined as arriving at the clinical site
fifteen minutes past the scheduled time for the Practicum.However, if
a student arrives later than thirty minutes past the scheduled time for
the Practicum, he/she may not be allowed to stay for that clinical day.
If a student must be late for clinical it is their responsibility to
contact the site prior to the scheduled time for Practicum.
After contacting appropriate person within the specified time, the
student must be present within one hour of scheduled time for the
Practicum. Depending on the area of rotation and the circumstances, an
alternative assignment may be made. If a student is habitually late the
instructor and/or the Clinical Director will counsel them.
If the student does not report tardiness to the appropriate person, an
absence will be recorded. The Director of Clinical Education will take
extenuating circumstances into account. Every two days a student is
late, an unexcused absence will be recorded.
It is equally important that all students remain at their clinical site for the entire designated time. If the student must leave early for any reason, the student must call the Clinical Director. Students will be required to make up any missed hours.
Leaving the clinical site for any reason and not communicating with the preceptor and the Clinical Director is grounds for dismissal from the program.
It is also required that all students communicate with their assigned preceptor any time they leave their area for any reason (lunch, break, work on case studies, etc.)
INCLEMENT WEATHER:In cases of bad weather or severe weather conditions, the student must use their own judgment when deciding whether or not to attend clinical. The student will inform the
clinical instructor as soon as possible. If schools in your clinical area are canceled, your absence will be excused.