Professionalism relates to the intellectual, ethical, behavioral and attitudinal attributes necessary to perform as a health care provider or manager. As it applies to his or her professional role, the student will be expected to:
- Demonstrate awareness of the importance of learning by asking pertinent questions, identifying areas of importance in practice and reporting and recording those areas.
- Avoid disruptive behavior in class, laboratory and clinical or practicum rotations, such as talking or other activities that interfere with effective teaching and learning.
- Complete assigned work and prepare for class, laboratory, and clinical or practicum objectives prior to attending.
- Participate in formal and informal discussions, answer questions, report on experiences, and volunteer for special tasks and research.
- Initiate alteration in patient care techniques when appropriate via notification of instructors, staff and physicians.
Dependability and Appearance
- Attend and be punctual and reliable in completing assignments with minimal instructor supervision.
- Promote a professional demeanor by appropriate hygiene, grooming and attire.
- Demonstrate a pleasant and positive attitude when dealing with patients and co-workers by greeting them by name, approaching them in a non-threatening manner, and setting them at ease.
- Explain procedures clearly to the patient.
- Ask patients how they feel and solicit patient comments regarding the patient's overall condition and response to assessment and/or therapy.
- Communicate clearly to staff and physicians regarding the patient status, utilizing appropriate charting, oral communication and the established chain of command.
- Demonstrate a pleasant and positive attitude when dealing with co-workers, instructors, faculty, nurses and physicians.
- Display recognition of the importance of interpersonal relationships with students, faculty, and other members of the health care team by acting in a cordial and pleasant manner.
- Work as a team with fellow students, instructors, nursing staff and the physician in providing patient care.
- Organize work assignments effectively.
- Collect information from appropriate resources.
- Correlate care to overall patient condition.
- Adapt care techniques to overcome difficulties.
- Devise or suggest new techniques for patient welfare or unit efficiency.
- Verify identity of patients before initiating therapeutic action.
- Interpret written information and verbal directions correctly.
- Observe and report significant changes in patient's condition promptly to appropriate person(s).
- Act to prevent accidents and injury to patients, personnel and self.
- Transfer previously learned theory and skills to new/different patient situations.
- Request help from faculty/staff when unsure.
- Comply with hospital and university guidelines for performance.
Examples of critical errors in professional conduct and judgment include:
- Failure to place the patient's welfare as first priority.
- Failure to maintain physical, mental, and emotional composure.
- Consistent ineffective, inefficient use of time.
- Failure to be honest with patients, faculty, and colleagues.
- Scholastic dishonesty in any form.
- Failure to follow the Rush University Medical Center Code of Conduct.