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Clinical students are defined as a college or university student enrolled in an approved class program and supervised by a program clinical instructor or preceptor.
If you are approved to do your clinical rotations at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital, you will need to learn information about our organization, potentially hazardous situations and emergency responses, patient care and privacy issues, and other hospital policies. To learn more, please refer to the Clinical Student Frequently Asked Questions below.
Before you can begin your program with us, we need to make sure that you are aware of several important safety issues, hospital policies, and legal requirements. Likewise, we will need some basic information about you. Listed below are documents you will need to review and the forms that you will need to print, fill out and submit to your program instructor before starting your clinical rotations
- Read the Following Material: Mandatory Inservice for non-hospital personnel, National Patient Safety Goals, Professional Appearance Chart
- Complete the Clinical Packet
- Submit completed packet to your instructor
- Follow-up with your instructor about your hospital ID badge.
Instructors please submit completed packets to:
IU Health Bloomington Hospital
Student Placement Services
PO Box 1149
Bloomington, IN 47402
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: After I am accepted, why do I have to read through the Clinical Student Mandatory Information?
A: The mandatory section of this website contains information that has medico, legal, and workplace health and safety implications for anyone working in a IU Health Bloomington facility. The website was created to educate student health professionals about policies, procedures, and workplace expectations that will influence the way a student will conduct themselves while at IU Health Bloomington. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to know about and understand the content of the website.
By signing the Student/Instructor Agreement/Acknowledgement form, you are indicating that the content of this website is both read and understood. While much of the information may be considered “common sense”, a lot of it is specific to IU Health Bloomington and will be new to anyone who has not worked within this hospital.
Finally, if you have not completed the packet prior to beginning your placement, you may find that your access to IU Health Bloomington is delayed.
Q: This is my second placement at IU Health Bloomington Hospital, do I have to read it all again?
A: All paperwork must be submitted on an annual basis. Therefore, if you have rotations starting in the Fall and again the next Fall, you will need to resubmit a new packet. (Example: Fall of 2010 – submit all the paperwork. Fall of 2011 – you will need to resubmit a whole new set of paperwork.)
Q: Who do I turn the completed packet of forms into when I am finished?
A: Prior to starting your clinical rotations at IU Health Bloomington, each student MUST turn their completed Clinical Student Packet in to their college/university instructor. The instructor is then required to turn the completed packet in to the Student Placement Services office prior to you starting any clinical rotation or observation at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.
Q: What is Tuberculosis and the two-step TST?
A: TB, or tuberculosis, is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. The bacteria can attack any part of your body, but they usually attack the lungs. TB is spread through the air from one person to another.
The two-step Tuberculosis Skin Test (TST) is an antigen used to aid in the diagnosis of tuberculosis infection. A healthcare worker can give you the TST (formerly PPD Series). The healthcare worker will inject a small amount of testing fluid (called tuberculin) just under the skin on the lower part of your arm. You may have a small bump where the tuberculin was injected. After 2 or 3 days, the healthcare worker will measure this bump and tell you if your reaction to the test is positive or negative. A positive reaction usually means that you have a latent TB infection not TB disease. If you have a positive reaction to the skin test, your doctor or nurse may do other tests (Example: a chest x-ray) to see if you have TB disease. Because the TB bacteria may be found somewhere besides your lungs, your doctor or nurse may check your blood or urine, or do other tests. If you have TB disease, you will need to take medicine to cure the disease.
IU Health Bloomington’s Employee Health Services department requires a two-step series (the process mentioned above must be completed twice). Clinical students must be able to provide proof of two tuberculosis tests received within 30 days of your start date (including the date and time it was placed to their instructor before beginning clinical rotations. If clinical rotations last longer than one year, the student must obtain an annual tuberculosis test. IU Health Bloomington Hospital does not provide TSTs to clinical students.
Q: Where do I find the information for the Health Screening form?
A: Many of the questions relate to your childhood vaccinations. Most of these must be kept up-to-date in order to be accepted into a college or university. A copy of these records must be provided to complete this page. You may obtain these records from your family physician or the college or university health center.
Q: What is a MMR?
A: MMR is the combined vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella and is usually a childhood vaccination. It is known as the safest way to protect children and adults against these diseases.
Q: What is Rubella IgG?
A: Rubella – commonly known as German measles or 3-day measles – is an infection that primarily affects the skin and lymph nodes. It is caused by the rubella virus (not the same virus that causes measles), which is usually transmitted by secretions from the nose or throat.
Q: What does this positive Varicella IgG mean?
A: This is a blood test in order to determine if a person has antibodies for the chicken pox disease in their system.
Q: What is Hepatitis B Disease?
A: It is caused by the hepatitis B virus that attacks the liver. The virus is transmitted through blood and infected bodily fluids. This can occur through direct blood-to-blood contact, unprotected sex, use of unsterile needles, and from an infected woman to her newborn during the delivery process.
Q: Which boxes do I check under the Hepatitis B waiver?
A: IU Health Bloomington Hospital will not provide the Hepatitis B Vaccine. It is important for students to understand we recommend the Hepatitis B vaccine for students in patient-care environments. Therefore, if a student has not completed the Hepatitis B vaccination series (3 doses over 6 month period and a surface antibody blood test drawn at least 4 weeks after the 3rd vaccination) and does not wish to go to their physician or university health center to obtain the vaccination series, they should check the box “I decline the Hep B vaccine because," and circle the reason.
If a student has already had the vaccination, they should check the first box, "I have provided documentation with this packet." Please note, if you check this section, you are required to provide BH with the medical vaccination record when you turn in the “Intern Packet.”