A good orientation manual will inform the student about the service, the local community and facilities, local transport, the expectations of the placement (e.g. uniform, workplace specific policies) and mandatory requirements.
Some examples of orientation manuals are:
An excellent resource for students undertaking a rural placement is the National Rural Health Student Network (NHRSN) rural placement guide. The guide has information, tips and checklists to help the student prepare and organise for a rural or remote placement.
Government of Western Australia Department of Health (2010). Allied Health Rural Student Placement Orientation Guide (Pre-Placement). WA Country Health Service, Perth.
Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health (2011). Student Orientation Manual: Code of conduct and placement rules for visiting students.
National Rural Health Student Network (2011). Rural Placements Guide: How to make the most of your rural placement rural placement guide. NRHSN, Melbourne.