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Riverview Student Preceptorship Program

This information applies only to Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids.

About

Riverview Hospital’s student preceptorship program is available to college or technical college students who need an unpaid hospital or health care experience to complete their course requirements. The preceptorship program does not apply to high school students, CCHI (Central Cities Health Institute) students or job-shadow students.

Riverview offers a student preceptorship program for both clinical and nonclinical students. The preceptorship program is a structured program that serves as a means of providing instruction, direction or guidance to an individual. A preceptorship is an opportunity that offers an individual the experience necessary to meet the requirements for course completion in a health care setting.

Student Application Process

Apply Online

  • Student Application: Students who wish to apply for a preceptorship at Riverview must complete the electronic application at the link above (which includes a non-employee health screening record and criminal background check information).
  • Immunizations: We cannot process your application until all of the following immunization records have been faxed to Riverview’s Employee Health Department at 715-421-7505. The following immunizations or titers are required:
    • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR): Two does of MMR vaccine or titer proof of immunity (blood test) to measles, mumps, rubella
    • Varicella: Two doses of Varicella vaccine or titer proof of immunity (blood test) to Varicella (chickenpox)
    • Hepatitis B (If the student has no titer proof of Hepatitis B or if the titer shows negative, nonreactive, or not immune, a signed Hepatitis B declination form must be on file).
    • PPD (Tuberculosis skin test).

A physician/clinic office copy of all of the above immunizations or titers must be faxed to Riverview’s Employee Health Department at 715-421-7505.

PPDs will be good for one year up to the last date of your preceptorship experience. (For example: If the last day of your preceptorship is Sept. 17, 2018, and your PPD will not expire before this date, you will not need to have a repeat PPD done prior to starting your preceptorship experience. If your PPD will expire prior to the last day of your preceptorship, you will need to have a repeat PPD done and fax a copy of the results to Riverview’s Employee Health Department.)

  • Criminal Background Check: We cannot accept a student into our preceptorship program unless a criminal background check has been completed and approved by Riverview’s Human Resources Department. Riverview’s Human Resources Department will complete the criminal background check and will keep a copy on file.
  • Instructor Information: Please be sure your instructor provides a current signed contract with Riverview Medical Center. To see if your school or facility already has a current signed contract with Riverview, please contact Riverview’s Human Resources Department at 715.421.7593.
  • Confirmation: When the required information has been received, the student will receive an email stating whether or not Riverview has accepted or declined your preceptorship program application. We will evaluate your application but cannot guarantee we will be able to fill all preceptorship requests.

Instructors

To accept a student into our student preceptorship program, Riverview Medical Center must have a current signed contract with your school/facility.

  • If your school/facility does not have a current signed contract with Riverview Medical Center, please fax a copy of your school's contract to Riverview's Human Resources Department at 715.421.7503.
  • The contract will be reviewed, signed, and returned within one to two weeks unless changes need to be discussed with the school or facility representative.
  • A copy of the contract will remain on file at Riverview Medical Center.
  • Riverview cannot accept any students unless a current signed contract is on file.

Guidelines

Riverview's student preceptorship program is a structured program that serves as a means of providing instruction, direction or guidance to college or technical college students who need an unpaid hospital or health care experience to complete their course requirements.

Preceptorship Program Philosophy

Riverview's student preceptorship program is designed to provide challenging learning opportunities for clinical and nonclinical students that encourage the application of theoretical and conceptual knowledge within a clinical and nonclinical setting. The assigned preceptor provides for the continuity of learning, evaluation and institutional socialization for the student.

Program Objectives

Riverview's student preceptorship program will:

  • Allow the student to observe and participate in a clinical and nonclinical experience.
  • Provide the student with an opportunity to gain experience and confidence in the performance of skills under the direct observation of a Riverview-identified preceptor.
  • Assist the student in becoming more comfortable in the clinical and nonclinical setting.
  • Assist the student in enhancing professional communication, time management and organizational skills.
  • The student may only perform a clinical skill or task under the direct observation of a Riverview-identified preceptor.

Practice Guideline Summary

Under the direct supervision of a Riverview-identified preceptor, the student performs those tasks for which she or he has been trained and in which she or he is able to appropriately demonstrate to the preceptor.

Riverview's student preceptorship program is designed as a collaborative effort between Riverview, the preceptor, the student and the student's instructor. Through this partnership, clinical and nonclinical judgment and interventions can be processed and enhanced.

Dress Code

All students should wear their school identification badge during their preceptorship. If a student does not have a specific school identification, Riverview will provide an identification badge. This would apply mainly to radiology tech students and med tech (CLS) students.

All clinical students will wear their school uniform. All nonclinical students will wear professional attire.

Preceptorship Criteria

The student may choose one area or unit to assist in the completion of the preceptorship program. The student may not rotate to other departments within Riverview during the preceptorship program.

Each clinical and nonclinical skill that is performed must be validated by the direct observation of a Riverview-identified preceptor. Therefore, the clinical or nonclinical skill must be performed with the preceptor immediately present for consultation and education.

The student and his or her preceptor will collaboratively work in a learning environment throughout the preceptorship program.

Patient Rights

Riverview is a teaching hospital, and as such, students may be involved in patient care. We recognize that acting as a clinical site benefits the students and their school; Riverview; and, ultimately, our community and our patients. On the other hand, Riverview also recognizes that patients do have the right to refuse having a student participate in their care. Therefore, each area within the hospital has a process for identifying and honoring patient requests to not have a student. Efforts will be made to communicate that information to the student.

A part of the process will be that all patients requesting not to have a student will have “NS” written on their armbands. In accordance with National Patient Safety Goal No. 1, patient identification consists of verification of name and date of birth, which can be found on the patient armband. Should the student or preceptor note the “NS” on a patient armband, the appropriate instructor, charge nurse or supervisor in the area will be notified so that the student’s assignment may be adjusted.