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 pulmonary rehabilitation, insertion of artificial airways, pulmonary function assessment, hyperbaric oxygen, cardiovascular assessment, patient-ventilator system checks, prescribing machine settings and managing the patient-ventilator system.
Clinical Portfolio complete 30%
ICU care plans 20%
Performance evaluation 40%
Daily evaluations 10% No score lower than NI in any category
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 November 30th 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*
(*Competency can be used as a “floater”. If the opportunity is not available in this rotation, it can be “floated” to a subsequent rotation.)
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.
Each student will be evaluated on their performance during their clinical rotation.
The evaluation includes:
Attendance at clinical sites is an essential component of the student’s
clinical education. The student must be in their assigned area
and prepared for instruction at the scheduled time for that
DATAARC: CLOCKING IN AND OUT
Each student may log in on DataArc to document their
clinical hours. 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 is his/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 may take extenuating circumstances
into account. An adverse decision may be appealed to the Program
Director. Make up days may be arranged at the discretion of the Clinical Chair and Program Director
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.)
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.