3 RAC Clinical Experience Policies
Cellular and smart device policy: Students are expected to fully engage in all aspects of the clinical experience throughout the course of the work day. This includes any preparatory activities (i.e. rounds, meetings etc), direct patient care times, and professional development opportunities (i.e. lunchtime inservices, workforce development activities). The use of cell phones or other smart devices for purposes other than work-related activities during clinic hours is strictly prohibited. Judicious use of smart devices to enhance the clinical experience is only permitted at the discretion of the clinical instructor(s) and site coordinator(s). Students are expected to follow facility policies regarding cell phone and smart device use which may include storing such devices or keeping them in Do Not Disturb mode during clinic hours. Violations to this policy should be addressed and the clinical instructor or site coordinator is encouraged to contact the school’s DCE/ACCE at his/her discretion.
The student must comply with all clinical facility HIPAA policies and is responsible for all things posted on social media sites such as, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, Snapfish, Flickr, Tumblr, and Instagram. Reference to any patient(s), clinical site(s), clinical instructor(s), school faculty or staff, even in generic terms, is strictly prohibited. Violations to this policy should be addressed and the CI is encouraged to contact the school DCE/ACCE at his/her discretion.
As a health care professional in training, students should demonstrate a professional appearance and behavior during all clinical activities. Students are expected to be neat and appropriately dressed. Professional dress includes business casual (dress slacks and shirts/blouses; polo shirts; closed low-heeled shoes; socks; no jeans). If the facility requires that scrubs and/or lab coats are worn, they must be clean and pressed. Hair should be sensibly styled, pulled back, neat, and clean. Fingernails should be kept trimmed and free of nail polish. Appropriate jewelry includes a watch with a second hand, wedding ring, and one post earring in each ear. Piercings, other than one set of post earrings, and tattoos must be covered. Cleavage and mid-riff skin must be covered. School or clinical facility name tag must be worn at all times.
Attendance is required for all clinical education experiences according to the University’s clinical education schedule. Students are to follow the daily work schedule established by the clinical facility, not the academic calendar of the University. Absences are warranted in cases of personal illness and personal or family (parents, spouse, siblings and children) emergencies, and death of a family member (including extended family). The student must notify the CI prior to the start of the work day and then notify the DCE/ACCE immediately. Students are not permitted to make requests for other absences to the CI or CCCE. The clinical learning experience is the student's priority; therefore all outside work obligations are secondary. There will be no rearrangements of the student's clinical schedule to accommodate work. All absences from the clinic must be made up. Students must request time off for religious observances from the DCE/ACCE in advance and must make up the time.
Clinical Education Calendar