Mary Lanning Healthcare is pleased to allow qualified college students the opportunity to apply for a Clinical or Preceptorship experience at our healthcare facility. Students must be in good academic standing and advisor recommendation is required. Clinical or Preceptor experience is dependent upon availability.
To begin the process, first complete the application and mail to the address listed below. Once the application has been received, you will be contacted by the Education Department.
Mary Lanning Healthcare
Attn: J. Sowl
715 N St Joseph Ave
Hastings, NE 68901
For questions contact:
Jodi Sowl BSN RN
Mary Lanning Healthcare
Student Orientation should not be completed until instructed to do so by the Mary Lanning Healthcare Education Department. Students that have been approved for clinical experience with Mary Lanning Healthcare should review the following information:
It is important to prevent the spread of disease within our healthcare facility, called nosocomial illnesses. Examples of nosocomial infections include; urinary tract infection, respiratory infections, pneumonia and hepatitis B, C and HIV.
Mary Lanning currently has a very low infection rate but our target goal is zero! This can be achieved wtih your help by following isolation precautions and hand hygiene. Become familiar with the following information and take the infection control quiz.
Blood and body fluid spills are treated as potentially infectious and are contained during transport.
Keep food and drink separate from any areas wehre blood and body fluids may be handled.
All laboratory specimens are potentially infectious and are contained during transport.
Trash is placed in regular trash bags. Infectious waste is placed in a red bag and in a red container. If you see a biohazard label or the color red, please take precautions to protect yourself.
The single most important thing that can be done to prevent the spread of disease is to vigorously wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
ML employees, staff and students are required to wash their hands every time they enter and exit a patient's room.
Remember to always wash your hands:
Wash hands when they are visibly soiled. Antimicrobial foam handrinse is effective and is located in all patient rooms.
Mary Lanning supports the CDC recommendation that Direct Care Providers do not wear artificial nails, tips, or nail polish while providing direct patient care.
How to wash your hands: Run lukewarm water, add soap and rub the hands together for 20 seconds. Remember to use friction and clean front, back, wrists, between fingers and under the fingernails. Turn off the water and open the door with a paper towel.
The most common bloodborne pathogens are Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). They can be prevented by using Standard Precautions.
It is the policy of Mary Lanning to provide a safe, secure physical environment for patients, visitors, guests, and staff. It is the intent of Mary Lanning to conduct risk assessments that evaluate the impact of buildings, grounds, equipment, occupants, and internal physical systems on patient and public safety. It is the intent of Mary Lanning to eliminate or reduce hazards whenever possible and to reduce the risk of injury through provisions of appropriate equipment, staff education, management of activities, and recognition or public safety issues.
In the event of a fire MLH employees will follow the Fire Plan and Handling Policy. If the fire alarms should sound the switchboard operator will announce "Code Red" and the location of the fire over the hospital public address system three times. When the fire has been extinguished, the operator will announce "all clear, code red" three times. Please become familiar with the following Fire Plan Policy and complete the quiz.
Tips to Remember:
Look for Engineering and Security to tell them the location of the fire.
If the fire cannot be put out with the extinguisher, contain the fire and evacuate the area.
SECURITY EXT. 5277
In the event of a possible infant/child abduction, "Dr. Kidd" will be announced over the intercom system. Staff members need to search all areas of their units and secure all access points to the floor. The initiating unit should secure the area in which the abduction took place. Drills will take place periodically throughout the year.
"Dr. Armstrong" is called when staff members need help in dealing with a patient or visitor. When responding to "Dr. Armstrong," follow cues given by other staff members on how to handle the situation. If responding to the Seventh Floor Behavioral Services Unit, report to the east entrance near the elevators where staff members will be waiting to give employees access to the unit.
In all other cases, report to the Nurses Station for additional information. In the Emergency Room, enter from the east hallway and follow cues from the staff. Remember, all staff members who are available should respond to a "Dr. Armstrong" announcement.
"Code 2" is called when there is a hostage situation. Please avoid the area initiating the Code 2. If possible, the person who discovers the situation, after notifying the Switchboard, should try to lock doors accessing the area to prevent the situation from moving beyond the area and possibly involving more people.
If you receive a bomb threat via telephone, ask the calller the following questions:
- Where is the bomb?
- When is the bomb going to detonate?
- What kind of bomb is it?
- Where are you placing the bomb?
Also, if you can, find out who the caller is, and identify if the caller is male or female and any other kind of information. Attempt to keep the caller on the phone.
Use another phone (if the caller is still on the line) to take the following steps:
- Call 911
- Call Security
- Call the Unit Director or the Resource Coordinator if the location is unknown
- Call hospital Administration
- Call the Director of Engineering or designee
Mary Lanning Healthcare enforces a Zero Tolerance for Workplace Violence policy. This means that no form of workplace violence will be tolerated. Forms of workplace violence include, but are not limited to:
Any person who is a victim of workplace violence or anyone who witnesses any form of workplace violence is required to report such incidents.
Access to MLH is restricted from 9:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. During these hours, you can enter through the Main Lobby or any door that is equipped with a card reader if you are granted access by swiping your badge. Anytime you are in the hospital, your name badge needs to be displayed. Students will promptly return name badge to Human Resources when they complete clinical experience.
AFTER HOURS VISITATION
Anytime a visitor wants to enter after visiting hours, he or she will need to be issued a Visitor's Pass. Visitor's Passes are available at the Nurses Station on the floor or from the Switchboard Operator or ER Secretary.
INVESTIGATION OF THEFT, VANDALISM & ASSAULT
Security needs to be notified of thefts, incidents of vandalism and assaults. The Security Officer on duty will take a report. If necessary, an investigation will be conducted or outside authorities may be contacted.
If staff or visitors feel uncertain about walking to their car in a Mary Lanning parking lot, they can contact Security for an escort to their vehicle.
If at any time you notice something suspicious in the parking lot or in the hospital, contact a Security Officer to have the situation checked.
If you need assistance from Security, the best way to contact the Security Officer on duty is to call the Switchboard Operator and ask that Security be paged. The Switchboard and Security Department are in contact via two-way radios. If you need Security to assist with an emergency situation, contact the Switchboard by dialing ext. #5277.
A Secuirty Officer can also be reached by calling the Security cell phone at 402-984-4950.
It is the policy of Mary Lanning Healthcare to identify, manage, and label hazardous materials and to provide personnel with personal equipment, education, and supervision to assure their safety in the use and disposal of hazardous materials when required for patient care.
It is the responsibility of all individuals to protect themselves, the workplace and the environment from any hazardous materials. It is the policy of Mary Lanning Healthcare to communicate any hazards associated with handling hazardous materials to employees involved in conducting the business of providing health care services.
- Hazardous Materials: Any chemical which by reason of being explosive, flammable, poisonous, corrosive, oxidizing, irritating or otherwise harmful is capable of causing internal or external injury or the environment.
- Infectious Hazards: Those materials possessing a significant potential for contagion or cross-infection.
- Radioactive Hazards: Those materials capable of giving off radiant energy in the form of particles or rays such as alpha, beta or gamma rays.
- Gaseous Hazards: Any substance which may be dispersed through the air and may act as a poison, irritant, or asphyxiate.
- Physical Hazards: Sharps, pointed objects, and pressurized containers.
MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) are now available online or in the MLH Emergency Dept. The Emergency Dept. keeps a hard copy manual available in the department. If computers are down or the Internet is out of service and you are unable to access the MSDS sheets online, please call Chris Page (x5376) or Connie Hyde (x5166) for MSDS information.
Thank you for participating in the Mary Lanning Healthcare on-line Student Orientation Program. Remember to print off the following quizzes: HIPAA, Infection Control, Fire/Life Safety and Hazardous Materials. Send your completed quizzes to:
You will be contacted when your orientation material is received and given instructions on where and when to report for your clinical experience. We hope your time at Mary Lanning will be both enjoyable and productive.