We have arranged for our EMS academic program students to observe patient care in the hospital and while riding along with an ambulance or fire department crew. This opportunity is a privilege extended to our students as a courtesy. While visiting a clinical site you are their guest and should respect their rules. Keep in mind that you also represent the Institute and that your behavior will impact the ability of other students to follow. Clinical attendance is a serious obligation. If you will be absent or cannot arrive on time please notify our Clinical Training Coordinator.
Please be respectful and polite at all times. The student that will benefit most from his or her clinical experience is the one with a positive attitude who is willing to jump in and lend a hand when asked to help out. This may include patient care as well as some less exciting aspects of the job like cleaning-up or making a bed. While helpfulness is encouraged, under no circumstances are you to participate in any activity that exceeds your training level. For example, if you are an EMT student then you are not there to administer IV medications or fight a fire, please leave that to the experts. Since your clinical teachers may not be familiar with your level of training, it is your responsibility to decline an offer to participate that is beyond the scope of your educational program or your present abilities. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.
Students that participate in clinical training on an ambulance must wear an approved blue shirt and navy blue pants with black socks, shoes, and belt. Any outerwear must also be solid navy blue or black. The uniform need not match the ambulance crew but should be neat and clean without any obvious markings, advertising, or writing. Hospital sites may also require a waist length white lab coat. All students should have a name tag. Clinical sites have the right to refuse a student if their appearance is inappropriate.
All patient information is to be kept strictly confidential and may only be shared with health care professionals directly involved in the patient’s treatment. Breach of this policy is disrespectful and can be punishable by fine and/or imprisonment. Punishable infractions include telling your friends or speaking so loudly in a public place that others may overhear your conversation. Please treat this important responsibility with the attention it deserves.
Patient contact may expose you to many types of diseases. While precautions such as gloves, masks, and safety glasses can create a defensive barrier and lessen the likelihood of transmission, all heath care workers must accept some risk. Since most diseases are transmitted by bodily fluids, you will be well protected by using latex gloves and good hand washing. Unfortunately, a few rare diseases like Tuberculosis and Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are transmitted through the air and require a specialized high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) respirator. All clinical students will be issued a HEPA-Respirator at no cost and must have it available during any patient contact. You will be instructed when and how to use the mask for your protection.
Waiver of Liability
Students that agree to participate
in clinical training do so at their own risk. All students who enroll in a continuing education or academic program will be asked to sign the following waiver of liability: “In consideration for
being granted permission to train with the National Institute of Emergency Medical Services and its Clinical Affiliations, I hereby indemnify, hold harmless, release, and
discharge the National Institute of Emergency Medical Services, its directors, officers, employees and agents as well as those of its Clinical Affiliations from any
liability to me, my employer, assigns, heirs, executors, and personal representatives now and forever, for any claim, including the costs of defense of such claims, by reason or on account of injury to myself or my property, whether by accident, intention, or neglect, that occurs during such time that I am enrolled in a National Institute of Emergency Medical Services course.”