Information Sheet for Job Shadow Students
Necessary information to know before job shadowing.
To ensure that you get the maximum benefit from your job shadowing experience, there are several topics we think you should know about.
Mission and Values
The mission of Affinity Health System is to live out the healing ministry of Christ by providing services that promote the health and well being of the communities we serve, especially the poor.
Service: We believe that giving attention to the unique needs of others enhances the lives of those who serve and those being served.
Integrity: We believe that our words and actions need to be in harmony to build trusting relationships.
Teamwork: We believe that working together and communicating effectively helps us achieve shared goals.
Justice: We believe that it is our individual and corporate responsibility to promote human rights and preserve human dignity.
Creativity: We believe that the pursuit of innovative ideas leads to improvements that create a better future.
Stewardship: We believe that the wise use of our resources today assures our ability to continue our mission tomorrow.
Our Promise:We promise to provide Personalized Care by listening, treating you with respect, and putting your needs first.
Affinity Health System is comprised of the following facilities:
Three hospitals, Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh, Wis.; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton, Wis.; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton, Wis.
Affinity Medical Group clinics, located in various areas in the Fox Valley and surrounding communities
Network Health Plan, Menasha, Wis.
The nature of the health care industry and state along with federal laws require all employees, volunteers and students to maintain a high level of confidentiality and privacy with respect to all information of medical or business nature concerning patients, residents, doctors or employees.
Under no circumstances will such information be discussed with unauthorized person(s) outside or inside the Affinity Health System facilities. To engage in discussions of confidential information is not only a breach of confidence and a lack of concern for others, but may also involve you in a legal proceeding. All job shadow participants agree to comply with all of Affinity Health System’s policies that are applicable, including but not limited to patient confidentiality and HIPAA policies.
Proper handwashing helps prevent the spread of infections from one person to another. Handwashing products, which contain a special antibacterial agent, are available in rest rooms and work areas. Hands should be rinsed well using friction to remove residual soap.
Handwashing is the single most important procedure in preventing the spread of infection in the health care facilities. If you are going to enter any patient/resident's room that has a sign on the door with special instructions, please consult the nurse caring for that patient before entering the room. Do not enter a room which the signage stating "Airborne Precaution."
Please locate and review the "Hazard Control" manual in the area in which you are working for information regarding chemicals used in that area. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS sheet) are available on all chemicals used with information regarding possible hazards associated with each chemical.
Please report unsafe conditions or injuries to the department manager/designee.
The following codes are announced if a fire is detected:"Code Red"
Please review procedures with the employee/physician you are shadowing for fire safety and what to do in the event of a fire (RACE procedure).
The following codes are announced in the event of a tornado/severe weather:"Code Gray"
Please review procedures with the employee/physician you are shadowing for what to do in the event of severe weather.
Other codes that may be announced; Ask the employee you are shadowing regarding the procedure you need to follow.
All Affinity Health System facilities are smoke-free campuses.
No smoking allowed on the property
No designated smoking areas on the campus
Appropriate professional business attire is expected. You will need to wear a name tag, which should be given to you by the staff person working with you. Jeans, T-shirts, spandex and colored tennis shoes are considered inappropriate. Be sure that your attire is modest. A general rule of thumb is to keep shoulders and knees covered.
We have noticed that students/guests who have not eaten prior to coming to the facilities may experience weakness and other discomforts during their job shadowing experience. Please be sure to eat before coming to the facility.
If you are unable to report for your scheduled job shadowing, please notify the mentor who set up the job shadow with you.
Patient and Customer Safety is a high priority for Affinity Health System
- Patients, families, customers and staff have a right to know who is working with them. Please wear your school nametags at all times. They must be readable.
- To minimize the risk of interference with patient medical equipment cell phones must be turned off in patient care facilities. There are designated safe areas to use cell phones. Please look for this sign:
- Many of our patients and customers have mobility problems so they need the parking spaces that are close to our buildings. Please park only in Employee Designated parking (see maps for St. Elizabeth Hospital and Mercy Medical Center). For other Affinity facilities please ask where you may park when you come on your first day.
- There are times when students have family emergencies. Please during your first day in the department obtain the department phone number and give it to key people in your life that need to know how to reach you in case of an emergency.