At the start of a placement - Orienting students
In this video below, Michael, a clinical education liaison manager at the University of Queensland, discusses orientation requirements for allied health student placements:
Orientation should involve:
- Explaining placement expectations
- Discussing goals and opportunities for placement (particularly important when using a learning contract)
- Clarifying learning needs, learning styles and preferences for feedback
- Establishing learning experiences
- Providing an outline of the daily/weekly routines
- Allocating adequate time to direct the student’s learning and assessment
- Completing administrative tasks such as gaining a site-specific identification card
- Collecting any documentation required from the student
Suggestions for developing orientation manual content:
Brainstorm with your colleagues:
- Look at other student orientation materials from a different profession in your workplace
- Look at orientation materials for new staff in your workplace
- Look at student orientation manuals from other workplaces
- Gather feedback from past or current students on existing orientation materials
- List resources, readings, guidelines, protocols, forms, handouts, equipment and assessments frequently used
Some examples of orientation manuals are:
- Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health Student Orientation Manual
- National Rural Health Student Network: Rural Placements Guide
Please Note: References remain valid until superseded by later research. The resources referenced here are regularly reviewed and are considered current and relevant to the topics presented.
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