The RADSC program shall provide film badge monitoring (dosimeter) for all students assigned to the clinical education centers.
The program director shall maintain an individual student's dosimeter record. This record will be reviewed with the student at the end of each semester by the clinical coordinator and clinical facilitator during end of semester clinical review sessions.
Each student shall:
Wear the film badge as designated, at all times while in clinical education. Notify the clinical instructor if film badge is not in your possession while in clinical setting.
Exchange the old badge for a new one on a bi-monthly basis.
Never allow the film badge to come in contact with water or be exposed to excessive heat.
Immediately report the loss of a film badge to the clinical coordinator/clinical instructor.
Become familiar with and read each monthly film badge (dosimeter) report. Current reports reviewed and initialed by each student.
Discuss any excessive radiation exposure recorded on the radiation dosimeter with the clinical coordinator/program director and/or health physicist. (M aximum dose 5 rem/year, following ALARA concept of yearly dose limit of 0.5 rem.)
Turn in film badge at the end of each semester to Program Director or Clinical Instructor.
Upon withdrawal from program, turn in film badge to Program Director or Clinical Instructor. This procedure will assure the student of accurate monitoring for future reference.
CALL IN POLICY
Any event which causes a student to be late or absent should be reported to the clinical instructor prior to starting time if possible. If unable to speak to clinical instructor directly, leave a message and be sure to document the time you called and the person spoken with, then call back between 8-8:15 and speak with clinical instructor; if unable to reach clinical instructor, the student should contact the program director , clinical coordinator or clinical facilitator. This is important so your RADSC Clinical Attendance Record will be accurate. If a student is absent for three consecutive clinical education days, a doctor's release form must be presented to the program director before the student reports to the clinical area. This procedure is necessary in order to protect the health of other students, staff and patients. Refer to the phone index for the list of program and clinical faculty phone numbers.
LEAVING DEPARTMENT NOTIFICATION
Any time a student leaves the radiology department it is necessary to inform the clinical instructor/supervising technologist. Being absent without notification from the department in conjunction with your clinical assignment (i.e. assigned to operating room or portables) is acceptable. Any other time spent outside the radiology department needs to be reported to the designated staff. Arrival back in the department should also be reported. It is vital for department management to know the whereabouts of staff and students at all times. Hospital disaster/emergency policies dictate this procedure.
SMOKING AND BREAKS
Clinical education centers are smoke free institutions. No breaks are given in the program. The clinical instructor will allow students opportunity to get refreshments during the clinical times as necessary.