educational level of END rises in response to an evolving
profession and the technology that supports it, formal educational programs with
clinical education components are a critical element in the education of our
future technologists. However, many programs have a very difficult time obtaining
adequate clinical sites for their students to acquire clinical skills.
When asked to
mentor students, many potential affiliate sites had misconceptions about their
role. We offer some of the common "myths" as well as the truth
about the benefits of mentoring students.
Benefits of Becoming a Clinical Affiliate Site
Students are potential new employees. Working with students enables you to create an applicant pool for existing and future job openings. Graduates of Electroneurodiagnostic/Polysomnography programs are more likely to seek employment at the affiliate site that provided them with their clinical experience. The benefits of this type of staff employment are substantial, some of which are:
reduced costs associated with staff recruitment
reduced costs associated with prospective employee interviews
reduced costs associated with new employee orientation because of the students' familiarity with the facility's/department's policy and procedures
increased staff retention: during the students' clinical site rotation you and the students have ample time to determine if future employment would be mutually beneficial
increased patient satisfaction-students can assist technologists by preparing the next scheduled patient for examination thus reducing patient waiting time.
CME credit is available to technologists, who give specific lectures to students, while participating as a clinical affiliate site.
How to Become a Clinical Affiliate Site
Typically, the educational institution will provide the clinical facility with an affiliation agreement. The agreement includes the guidelines and respective responsibilities that form the structure of the relationship. This relationship has proven over time to be of benefit to the student, the affiliate clinical site, its staff, and ultimately, the consumer of the profession's services.
If your facility/institution is interested in becoming a clinical affiliate site, you are encouraged to contact the school director or the individual program director(s) of the PSG and END technology educational programs.