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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.

Accommodations

If a learner requires a medical or a learning accommodation we require the College/University to let us know well in advance of placement detailing what accommodations are needed.  Bridgepoint will make all reasonable efforts to meet these needs.

Bridgepoint may require the removal of any learner from placement if it becomes apparent that a safety plan is required and we have not been given the opportunity to consider this in advance.  

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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 physician providing supervision.

Other health disciplines, generally work from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Therapists may work flexible hours whereby they start earlier or later and thus finish earlier or later. Learners will generally work the hours of their supervising therapist.

Food Services students may work shifts that start at 6 a.m.

Important note - students learn at Bridgepoint under the direction of one or more named supervisors and you are generally not permitted to be in your placement area outside of your normal shift times.  For clinical students all patient care, including documentation, must be done under the supervision of your supervisor.

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Dress 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 distracting 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 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.

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.

Bridgepoint does not have a scrub program. Where learners wish to wear scrubs they must supply their own.

Please also note that Bridgepoint is a scent-free environment.

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Identification and access cards

Learners 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.

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Obtaining a Bridgepoint Active Healthcare access card

Students and Instructors should get their access cards on their first day of placement. Bridgepoint access cards are available between 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday from the Security office located at the Information Desk on the ground floor. You may phone Security at x7012 to ensure that a team member is available to assist.

Bridgepoint access cards MUST be returned in person 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

All incoming learners should note the requirements below.  Learners must meet the requirements before they start work on any Unit.

Influenza

Bridgepoint hospital influenza vaccination policy highly recommends that all learners be vaccinated against influenza if attending during flu season (Oct-May).

Immunizations 

All learners 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 learners 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

Learners should note that Bridgepoint Occupational Health Department is not able to provide immunizations or TB tests for students. For convenience an information sheet from the Occupational Health Department is here.  Note that the rules on the sheet apply also to all learners.

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If you become ill on placement

If you have symptoms of illness on a day that you are scheduled to be at Bridgepoint, please stay at home and notify your supervisor, the Occupational Health department, and the Academic Office.

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

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

Please contact Occupational Health to receive medical clearance prior to returning to Bridgepoint. 

Injury or accident on placement

If you are injured or have an accident at work you need to inform your supervisor immediately.  This includes a needle stick injury.  Your supervisor 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 treatment.
  • 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

Most students at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare who will have direct patient contact during their   placement are required to have mask-fit testing for N95 Respirators.  The Academic Office will seek advice from Occupational Health in case of doubt.

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

Non-clinical learners who will be based in the Administration Building are not required to have a mask-fit test.

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Police check

Bridgepoint does not require a police check or vulnerable sector check at this time. 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 access to a computer via their supervisor.  If this should not be the case the Academic Office has a number of laptops for loan.  Please email roland.devega@sinaihealth.ca or call ext.2924/2167.  The Academic Office can also book a meeting roomfor individuals or groups requiring private space with computer facilities and a projector.

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