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Students at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare are subject to and should follow the same policies as those for staff. All clinical policies are available on the Bridgepoint Portal.

When you arrive you will receive a printed sheet containing a summary of useful information about the site and the facilities available to students and Residents.  You can download the material before your first day by clicking on this link.

Hours of work

Our nursing staff work in three 8-hour shifts: from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., and 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Medical students, Residents, and Physician Assistants usually follow the schedule of the MD providing supervision.

Other health disciplines work in the Hospital 7.5 hours per day, generally from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Therapists may choose to work a flex hour arrangement, whereby they start earlier or later and thus finish earlier or later. Students may work the flex hour arrangement of their supervising therapist, if the supervisor is in agreement.

Food Services students may work shifts that start at 6 a.m..  The front doors to the Hospital open at 6 a.m., so students should be able to get access.  If the doors are still locked when you arrive ring the intercom buzzer located by each of the doors.  Security will be able to let you in and escort you to the kitchens.

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Dress guidelines

Bridgepoint Active Healthcare students are expected to promote a professional image at all times while in the hospital. This includes maintaining a neat and clean appearance, as well as using professional discretion when considering appropriate clothes to wear at work.

The following guidelines have been set to assist students in making appropriate choices. Every student is responsible for ensuring adherence to these guidelines.

Bridgepoint Active Healthcare expects all students to dress appropriately for the functions they are performing, while also taking into consideration the cultural and care requirement needs of our patients. As inappropriate dress can be offensive, efforts should be made to convey a sense of respect for patients, visitors and colleagues. In addition, clothing must adhere to Occupational Health and Safety and Public Health regulatory requirements.

Students are also required to wear their identification badges, front facing, at all times, pursuant to Policy #11-060.  Uniforms must be worn at all times where designated by the hospital.

The following constitute inappropriate dress:

  • Items bearing inappropriate slogans and pictures
  • Exercise clothing (sweat suits, spandex leggings/shorts, etc.)
  • Casual shorts and tank tops
  • Any clothing that is torn, faded, frayed, or patched

Furthermore, for safety and infection control purposes, the following guidelines must be adhered to by all students:

  • Students in direct patient care areas must not wear dangling, excessive or distracting jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, or bracelets.
  • Footwear must have closed heel and toe, a non-slip sole, and a low heel height. Additional safety features may be required in specific working areas, and students will be required to comply with the unit/area's specific policy.
  • Hairnets must be worn where designated by Occupational Health and Safety or Public Health regulations.
  • Hair must be short or tied back.
  • Nails must be short and trimmed, without nail polish.  False nails should not be worn whilst on placement.

Nursing students in first and second year are asked to wear burgundy scrubs unless their academic institution has specified a uniform to be worn on clinical sites, in which case they may wear that.

Don't forget that Bridgepoint is scent-free.

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Identification and access cards

Students and faculty are required to wear both a school identification badge and a Bridgepoint Active Healthcare green access card at all times while in the hospital. The school badge must clearly identify their faculty/student status, and include at least their first name and the name of the school.  Both badges must be clearly visible together, or the Bridgepoint card must be visible over the school badge.

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Cell Phones and Pagers

Cell phones and pagers must either be turned off or placed in silence/vibrate mode during clinical time. Use of phone for personal use should be confined to breaks and away from the patient care areas.  Use of phones during InService training or other training or hospital provided activity is not permitted.

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Obtaining a Bridgepoint Active Healthcare access card

Bridgepoint access cards are normally available between 0830-1530hrs Monday to Friday from the Security office.  This is located at the far south end of the Ground Floor of the hospital in the Central Alarm and Control Facilities room, behind the switchboard desk (Northbridge Reception).  Students and Instructors should get their badges on their first day of placement.  You may phone Security at x7012 to ensure that staff are available to assist.

Bridgepoint access cards MUST be returned to Security on the final day of your placement.  There is a fine for loss or non-return.

Please report any difficulties in accessing necessary workspaces via the access cards to the Academic Office.

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Immunization requirements

Please note that the 2017-18 flu season has begun.  All students should be vaccinated before arrival at the hospital.   Please bring in a photocopy of your vaccination certificate to orientation.

All incoming students should note the requirements below.  Students joining disciplines which are not necessarily clinically based such as Spiritual Care, Engineering or Environmental Services should pay particular attention - these requirements apply to you also.  Students must meet the requirements before they start work on any Unit.

Influenza

Bridgepoint hospital influenza vaccination policy requires all employees, physicians, volunteers and students to be vaccinated against influenza. Those students and Clinical Instructors who can't be vaccinated for medical reasons will be required to wear a mask.

The policy is one component of Bridgepoint's broader influenza prevention and control strategy during flu season, and does not supersede outbreak protocols.

Here is an FAQ on the policy.

Note that students, Residents and Clinical Instructors are required to have evidence of vaccination with them at all times.  If you don't have evidence with you you may be required to wear a mask until you can provide it.   You should bring a copy of your proof of vaccination to orientation and obtain a Bridgepoint vaccination sticker which you can wear on your college picture ID  (not the green Bridgepoint access card).  You do not have to collect a sticker - but if you do not you must carry your proof of vaccination with you at all times.

Occupational Health will keep a copy of your vaccination certificate, so please don't forget to bring a copy with you on your first day on placement.

Immunizations

This part of the Immunization Requirements operates at all times.

All students at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare must also be able to submit, on request, proof of up-to-date immunization for all of the following:

  • Measles
  • Rubella
  • Mumps
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis

Proof may take the form of either of the following:

  • Immunization Certificates for the above OR
  • Antibody Titre results proving immunity (blood test)

All students must be able to submit, on request, proof of :

  • 2-Step TB test in the last 12 months OR
  • If 2-Step test is more than 12 months old, 1-Step TB test in the last 12 months AND
  • If any TB test positive, also a chest x-ray

Students should note that Bridgepoint Occupational Health Department is not able to provide immunizations or TB tests for students.  You must follow your College instructions or see your own Family Doctor.  A fee may be required.  For convenience an information sheet from the Occupation Health Department is here.

To reduce risk to our patients, all students are reminded that they should inform the Academic Office/Occupational Health & Safety when they are ill with a potentially communicable disease.

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If you become ill on placement

If you have any of the following symptoms on a day that you are scheduled to be at Bridgepoint, please stay at home and notify your supervisor/Clinical Instructor and the Academic Office that you are too ill to come in.  If you have a communicable disease please contact your supervisor/CI, the Academic Office and the Occupational Health Department.

Academic Office telephone numbers:  416-461-8252 x2924 and 2167

Occupational Health telephone number: 416-461-8252 x2808 and 2082

If you experience any of the following symptoms while you are at Bridgepoint, please let your supervisor/Clinical Instructor know and go home.

 Symptoms include:

  • Fever greater than 38°C or 100.4° F - ensure that you are fever free for 24 hours prior to returning to Bridgepoint
  • Vomiting - diarrhoea - If your vomiting or diarrhoea is related to any communicable disease you should stay away 48 hours even after your symptoms have resolved. 
  • Rashes with or without fever
  • Uncontrollable coughing
  • Any type of draining lesion or weeping dermatitis
  • Conjunctivitis / pink eye
  • Upper respiratory infection with fever present
  • Persistent sore throat lasting longer than 3 days and or accompanied by fever
  • Any condition that affects your ability to wash your hands
  • Known infectious diseases such as Chicken Pox, Influenza, Tuberculosis, etc.

Please contact your doctor to receive medical clearance prior to returning to Bridgepoint.  If you have had  a communicable disease please also contact Occupational Health prior to coming back to receive clearance that you may return to Bridgepoint.

Injury or accident on placement

If you are injured or have an accident at work you need to inform your supervisor/Clinical Instructor immediately.  This includes a needle stick injury.  Your supervisor/CI will inform the Occupational Health Department and the Academic Office and the following will happen:

  • Occupational Health will provide immediate treatment as needed
  • Occupational Health will arrange for patient blood tests to be done (if you have reported a needle stick injury)
  • You will need to arrange for your own blood work to be done (through an emergency room or your family doctor) - if you have sustained a needle stick.  Occupational Health will advise you if you need to do anything else for immediate treament.
  • You, your supervisor/CI, Occupational Health and the Academic Office will complete appropriate Bridgepoint, college/university and WSIB forms, often immediately after you have reported your injury or accident
  • Occupational Health and the Academic Office will complete an investigation of the incident - to determine if there are system issues related to your injury
  • You will see your own doctor as necessary and may return to placement after they have cleared you.

Mask-fit testing

Students at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare who will have direct patient contact during their   placement are strongly encouraged to have mask-fit testing for N95 Respirators.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students who have not had mask-fit testing may be asked to leave a unit where they are placed should there be an outbreak and thus risk termination of their placement. You can arrange to have mask fitting done by several Toronto companies as well as St. Michael's Hospital. Cost is approximately $30.

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Police check

Please ensure that you have filled in the section regarding criminal offences on the Registration Form. If you have further questions about this, please consult your academic supervisor.

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 Computer Access

In general students should be able to obtain timely acess to a computer via their supervisor on the Unit.  If this should not be the case the Academic Office has a number of laptops for loan.  Please email Katherine.Brown@sinaihealthsystem.ca or call ext.2924/2167.  The Academic Office can also book meeting room AM.47 for individuals or groups requiring private space with computer facilities and a projector.

There is a $10 deposit for the loan of a laptop and we do encourage borrowers to bring exact change.

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