Truth: Actually, students can help reduce staff's workload by assisting
with the daily tasks, paperwork, and providing extra assistance needed for
patient care. In addition, as the student's skills improve, staff technicians observe and supervise and their actual testing time is decreased. Thus, staff receive the added benefit of being able to 'take a break' or work on other tasks.
Myth: "We should get extra pay to teach students; it is not part of my
Truth: Many facilities actively support employee mentoring. You are
encouraged to check this out with your human resources department. Also, take
time to tell your employees about the benefits of student rotations. Let them
know how important their expertise and experience are to students and the future
of the profession.
Myth: "We're concerned that our patients will be unhappy about having
students in the exam room, and we fear losing business."
Truth: When patients are informed that your facility is a 'clinical
teaching site', they are typically impressed and are eager to provide a learning
opportunity for the student. This is common practice in teaching hospitals,
clinics, physician offices, etc. The majority of your patients are aware of the
value of this experience in the training of healthcare professionals.
Myth: "We don't allow any discussion or questions during the exam because
it may upset the patient."
Truth: Most patients are very interested in their examination. Simply
informing the patient that you will be providing student instruction during the
examination will alleviate any patient concerns. In fact, most patients are
often very interested in the information provided to the student because it
helps them to better understand the procedure. This situation becomes a learning
experience for everyone.
Myth: "I'm afraid the student will ask questions that I can't answer
since I didn't attend a formal educational school."
Truth: When teaching, both students and staff learn. Students often
motivate staff and provide incentive for them to sharpen their skills, review
information previously learned, and keep up with the new techniques and
advancements in the field. For the practicing technologists, continuing
education is essential. Providing clinical instruction is one way to foster the
value of continued professional development.
Myth: "All of the sleep and electroneurodiagnostic technologists in our facility need to have registry credentials in order for us to be a clinical site."
Truth: The designated clinical instructor (the individual evaluating the
student) should have all the appropriate credentials for the learning
concentrations the program offers. According to AASM and END Standards, each
clinical site must have a minimum of a register technician on staff.