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Nursing & Clinical Students

MidMichigan Health offers clinical opportunities for student nurses and clinical students in partnership with area educational institutions and the Tri-City Student Passport Alliance (SPA).

Before working as a student at MidMichigan, you must obtain a valid SPA clinical passport by following the procedure outlined at www.studentpassportalliance.com/. You must also review the orientation information below. This information also applies to academic interns who are doing unpaid internships for college credit.

Welcome

Welcome to MidMichigan Health. It is our goal to provide you with the best student experience possible while also ensuring safe and optimal care for our patients. It is your responsibility to review the following material provided prior to the start of your first day. When you have finished reading this material, please follow the instructions at the bottom of the page to certify completion and return to the Student Passport Alliance Web site. You will also receive unit-specific orientation upon arrival.

If you have any questions about this information or the student experience, please contact Workforce Development at (989) 839-3120.

Mission, Vision, Values

Our patients are the focus of everything that we do.

Our Mission is to provide excellent health services to improve the quality of life for people in our communities.

Our Vision is to be an integrated health system providing seamless care to each person we serve.

Our Values

At MidMichigan Health, we hold these values to be fundamental:

  • Excellence – We offer nothing less than the best.
    We adhere to the highest standards possible in clinical care and customer service. We continuously measure ourselves and constantly strive to improve.
  • Integrity – We do the right thing, each time, every time.
    We treat each individual with compassion and respect, demonstrating the pinnacle of professionalism and dignity. We communicate openly and honestly. We recognize the unique individuality of each person. In all that we do, we exemplify the highest ethical standards.
  • Teamwork - We provide individual commitment to a group effort.
    Collaboration benefits everyone, most importantly our patients. It promotes efficiency, fosters professional and organizational growth, encourages learning, and stimulates innovation.
  • Accountability - We accept responsibility for all we do.
    We are accountable for the outcomes of our efforts. We are responsible to the communities we serve, to our patients, and to one another. We recognize that as health care providers we occupy a position of trust.

Patient Rights

Nursing and clinical students are responsible for reading and becoming familiar with our Patient Rights & Responsibilities.

Ethics

It is the responsibility of MidMichigan Health and its governing board members, administration, medical staff members, employees, students and volunteers to act in a manner that is consistent with this organizational statement. Our behavior will be guided by the following general principles:

  • We will treat all patients, employees, volunteers, physicians and visitors with dignity, respect and courtesy.
  • We will provide services to meet the identified needs of our patients and will constantly seek to avoid the provision of those services which are unnecessary or non-effective.
  • We will adhere to a uniform standard of care throughout the organization.
  • We will fairly and accurately represent ourselves and our capabilities.
  • We will not misrepresent our capabilities to any public.
  • Ethical dilemmas will be addressed according to these principles, with the Joint Quality Resource Management Committee acting as the final governing body. 

Emergency Codes

Please take some time to review and familiarize yourself with the emergency codes.

Code
*HASC Code        

Definition

STAT

This code indicates a medical emergency. It will also be broadcast with the
request for “any doctor, anesthesia, or respiratory care” for a particular area
of the Medical Center.

RRT or Rapid Response Team This code indicates a significant change or decline in a patient’s status that requires immediate attention. This code may be paged overhead or communicated via the pager system. (Please refer to your affiliate-specific policy.)
Code Blue*   

This code indicates an ADULT medical emergency (i.e., cardiac or
respiratory arrest situation). It will also include the specific area that is in
need of assistance.

Code White*  

This code indicates a PEDIATRIC medical emergency (i.e., cardiac or
respiratory arrest situation). It will also include the specific area that is in
need of assistance.

Code Gray*

This code indicates a combative person. It will also include the specific area
that needs assistance to prevent a violent person from harming another
individual or damaging property.

Code Silver* 

This code indicates a person with a weapon and/or a hostage situation. Only trained personnel (CPI, Security, First Responders, Risk Management, etc.) should respond.

Code Pink*  

This code indicates an infant has been abducted or missing. It will also include the specific area and the age of the individual. (Please refer to your affiliate-specific disaster manual/reference materials.)

Code Purple*

This code indicates a child has been abducted or missing. It will also include specific disaster manual/reference materials, the specific area and the age of the individual. (Please refer to your affiliate-specific disaster manual/reference material.)

Code Green  

This code indicates that an ADULT patient has eloped. It will also include the specific area.

Code Lift 

This code indicates that staff is needed for an unusual lift situation (patient/visitor/employee). This code is initiated when usual methods and equipment have failed to correct the situation. It will also include the specific area where assistance is needed.

Code Red*

This code indicates a fire. It may also include the location and type of device activated. (Please refer to your affiliate-specific disaster manual/reference materials.)

Code Yellow* 

This code indicates a bomb threat. (Please refer to your affiliate-specific disaster manual.) 

 

Code Orange*

This code indicates that a hazardous material has been spilled/released (HazMat Incident). This could be internal or external. (Please refer to your affiliate-specific policy for clean-up or notification of the local authorities).

Triage Internal *

This code indicates an INTERNAL disaster has occurred. (Please refer to your affiliate-specific disaster manual/reference materials.)

Triage External*

This code indicates an EXTERNAL disaster has occurred. Staff should move into action to provide care for community needs because of a major disaster, such as a tornado, explosion or plane crash. (Please refer to your affiliate-specific disaster manual/reference materials.)

Code Weather

This code indicates a threat of severe weather. It will also include the type of threat –

tornado watch, tornado warning, snow storm, etc.

Code Secure      

This code indicates that the facility has been locked down or secured to the best of their ability. Individuals may not enter or exit the building without authorization. (Please refer to your affiliate-specific disaster manual/reference materials.)

Code Readiness

This code indicates that The Joint Commission surveyors are in the building or expected soon (i.e., within the hour) and this page may be used for other surveyors/officials at the discretion of senior leadership.

Code ______ All Clear 

This code indicates that the situation is under control and activities can return to normal.   

Smoking Policy

All MidMichigan Health locations are now tobacco/smoke-free. This policy reinforces our commitment to create a healthy environment for our patients and one another by eliminating second- and third-hand smoke. Tobacco products are defined as chewing tobacco, cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or other lighted smoking devices. Use of these tobacco products is not permitted on any MidMichigan Health campus.

The campus is defined as:

  • All buildings including buildings being constructed or renovated, leased, or other temporary structures
  • The outside grounds
  • Sidewalks on the campus
  • Parking lots and parking ramps
  • Out-lawns and sidewalks surrounding the campus
  • Residential streets, private property and sidewalks adjacent to the campus
  • The wellness trail

View our Tobacco Policy

Parking Policy/Driving Directions

All employees and students in all situations need to consider the parking needs of our patients and visitors ahead of their own personal desire for convenient parking.

Employees and students are not to park in patient, visitor, or other restricted areas. Park only in areas designated as "Open Parking."

To view maps and driving directions for our facilities, visit our Maps & Phone directory and select the location where you will be working.

Dress Code

  • Appearance Standards
    • Clothing must be clean and in good condition.
    • Clothing should be of proper fit.
    • Pants and slacks must not be so long that they drag on the floor.
    • Jeans are prohibited.
    • No low cut tops as to expose cleavage.
    • Shirts should be worn at an appropriate length. 
    • Pants should be at an appropriate position to not expose the stomach or backside areas either with standing or dynamic activity.
    • At no time should undergarments be visible.
  • Hair
    • To be neat and clean.
    • During direct patient care hair will be worn back from face.
    • All beards and mustaches must be closely cropped and neatly trimmed.
  • Shoes: Shoes should be clean and of a conservative daytime style. High heels should be of a reasonable height. Athletic shoes must be clean and in good condition. Moccasins or “flip flops” are not allowed. Open-toe shoes or sandals may be worn in appropriate non-clinical
    areas. Hosiery must be worn at all time in clinical areas or as directed by your manager.
  • Name Badge
    • College name badge must be worn and be visible at all times while on the premises.
    • Name badge must be worn at chest level.
    • Name badges must be free of stickers, pins, or other personal articles.
  • Jewelry/Tattoos
    • No facial jewelry allowed.
    • Tattoos should be covered whenever possible.
  • Nails
    • Nails must be clean and trimmed short.
    • Artificial nails are prohibited in the patient care area.
  • Cologne
    • Students must be clean and free of body odor.
    • Avoid perfumes, colognes and other heavily scented products in patient care areas.
  • Electronic Devices
    • Personal electronic devices are not allowed to be used in patient care areas.
    • Electronic devices may include, but are not limited to, cellular phones and iPods®.
  • Personal conduct
    • Eating and drinking is prohibited in the patient care areas.

Student Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the student to:

  • Ensure safety and comfort of all patients they are caring for.
  • Ask for assistance of their instructor or staff prior to providing care or any task that the student is not deemed capable or is uncomfortable in completing.
  • Communicate all concerns and questions to your instructor or staff caring for the patient that you are assigned.
  • Wear your student name badge above your waist at all times when within the facility.
  • It is not permitted at any time to copy any part of a patient medical record for use in care plans or for reference in post-conference. This is considered a violation of HIPPA and can result in removal from your clinical rotation.
  • Use only intitials when referencing a patient during post conference discussions or in completed paperwork.
  • Be punctual. If you are ill, follow the procedure as instructed by your college or university or call the specific area in which you are working to notify them of your absence.

Accessing the Intranet and Policies

  1. Open a browser window (Internet Explorer).
  2. Enter "intranet" in the address bar and press Enter.
  3. Click on th drop down arrow next to "select an affiliate" Select the appropriate affiliate.
  4. Click on Policies and Standards. A drop-down menu will allow you to select the appropriate category for the topic or area where you work. If you are not sure in which category the policy is located, you may use the site search to search by keyword.
  5. After selecting a category, follow the links to the policy you are looking for.

Right to Know

Students have a right to know about any hazardous materials in their workplace and environment. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) contain information related to safe practices when working with hazardous materials. If hazardous materials are kept in your workplace, MSDSs are available for your review at any time.

MSDSs contain:

  • Hazards of chemicals used in the workplace (including target organ)
  • Prevention and protection methods
  • Emergency and first aid procedures
  • PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and disposal methods
  • Physical properties of the product
  • Product name and manufacturer

Hazardous Chemical Exposure

If you believe you have been exposed:

  1. Notify the department manager/supervisor immediately
  2. Report to the Emergency Depratment or Employee Health Department
  3. Get treatment as necessary

    Know Where to Find

    Exposure Control Plan Infection Prevention Department/Intranet
    Infection Control Manual Infection Prevention Department/Intranet
    Medical Waste Directory Infection Prevention Department/Intranet
    Material Safety Data Sheets Intranet or within your department
    Disaster Manual Intranet or within your department
    SCAAN Manual Within each department

    Reporting Mechanisms

    ALL OF THESE FORMS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE INTRANET.

    • Patient/Visitor Variance Form (incident involving a patient or visitor)
    • Employee Incident Form (incident involving an employee)
    • Hazardous Condition Form (within the Medical Center)
    • Vehicle Incident Form (incident occuring on a MidMichigan Health campus)

    Documentation

    Our affiliates are in the process of implementing electronic medical records. Documentation training will be provided for each specific affiliate.

    Additional Information for Nursing Students

    Medication Administration

    It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with any medication that they will be administering.

    Prior to medication administration:

    • All staff as well as students will perform the five rights prior to administration of any medication.
      • The right drug
      • The right dose
      • The right route
      • The right time
      • The right patient

    Administration of any medication must never be completed without direct observation by licensed staff or your instructor.

    Administering medications:

    • All medications must be labeled.
    • Always check the patient’s armband with their name and date of birth against the medication administration record.
    • Always utilize 2 patient identifiers, ask the patient to state their name and date of birth.
    • Open all meds at the bedside; NOT prior to entering the room.
    • Administer medication as scheduled, within 60 minutes of designated time.
    • No medications are allowed to be stored at the bedside. This includes inhalers unless there is a physician order to do so.

    General Information

    • Most physicians make rounds in the morning. Make rounds with the physician for your patients as this is a great learning opportunity.
    • Patient identification must be an active process by asking the patient’s name and date of birth. (Note: Patients are never to be identified using room numbers.) If a patient does not have an armband, notify a staff person immediately so one can be obtained and placed on the patient.
    • Always keep the call light in reach. All patients must have their beds in the lowest position, brakes on, and bedside table within reach.
    • Always report off to your patient’s primary nurse regarding your patient’s condition when leaving the unit for any reason.
    • Baths should be offered each day and should include back care, hair care, oral care, shaving, and foot care. HS care includes face, hands, axilla, pericare, oral care, and back care.
    • Gait belts are to be used when ambulating patients.

    Certify Completion of MidMichigan Orientation Material

    By clicking the link below to return to the Student Passport Alliance Site, I certify that I have read all of the above information and that I consent to my college submitting my student ID photo to MidMichigan Health for the purpose of creating a student badge to be used during my clinical rotation.

    Certify and Return to SPA Web site