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Posted on July 16th in Insights

Five Ways to Make the Most of Your Clinical Experience

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1. Consider how you look. Make sure your appearance projects your professionalism. Be neatly groomed and properly dressed for the environment. If you are unsure, look to leaders in the work environment for an example.

2. Come prepared. Take time in advance to review your assignments for the day, know the people you will be working with, and understand your professor’s expectations.

3. Understand your environment. Before your first day, figure out where you should park, enter the building, and store any personal items. This will reduce your stress and allow you to arrive on time, focused, and ready to learn.

4. Introduce yourself. Set the tone for good communication from the start by introducing yourself to the team and patients you’ll be working with and explain your role as a student. Doing so will help those you’ll be working with understand your scope and how they can help you be successful.

5. Come with a positive attitude. Be willing to learn and engage in the experiences around you. Communicate that you want to learn more. In the clinical environment, opportunities often arise for you to learn more than you expected. Be ready to seize these opportunities.

Tips like these are just a small sampling of the information and skills you will build with Healthcare Edge. This free professional development course helps healthcare students bridge the gap between healthcare education and the healthcare workplace. It supplements what you are learning in the classroom, giving you valuable skills that today’s healthcare employers look for.

Healthcare Edge preps students to deliver compassionate and empathetic patient care and helps you meet performance expectations by strengthening communication, collaborative, technical and problem-solving skills. A self-care section helps you guard against burnout. And, the job care section helps you launch your career in healthcare with everything from how to find the best place to work to creating a healthcare focused resume and even salary negotiations.

Are you ready to get your Healthcare Edge? Start here.