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Mary Free Bed Exterior Therapy Nursing Students

Welcome to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital’s online resource for therapy and nursing students and residents.

Below is information to help you prepare for clinical rotation at Mary Free Bed, including the documents and forms you must submit prior to your start date.

Please carefully review all sections and associated downloadable PDFs.

Click here for a contact list of therapy and nursing staff who can provide information regarding fieldwork placements and rotations.

Preparing for Clinical Rotation

You must complete the following steps in preparation for your clinical rotation.

1. Complete the following documents and email to bonita.pawloski@maryfreebed.com or fax to 616.840.9626 at least 3 weeks prior to the start of your clinical rotation:

• Student/Resident Information Form
• Criminal History Form
• Confidentiality Statement
• Parking and ID Badge Form
Therapy Student Information Release Form (therapy students only)

2. Submit the following information to bonita.pawloski@maryfreebed.com at least 3 weeks prior to the start of your clinical rotation:

• Proof of immunizations (MMR, Influenza, TB, HepB status documentation)
• Copy of current CPR card (include a copy of the front and back of card)
• Copy of liability insurance certificate (if your school doesn’t provide insurance)
• Documentation of fingerprinting (if assigned to a skilled nursing facility)
• Documentation of drug screen (if it’s a requirement of your school)

Please contact Bonita Pawloski with questions or concerns relating to this process. bonita.pawloski@maryfreebed.com or 616.840.8292.

Organizational Standards, Policies and Codes of Practice

Please review the following in preparation for your clinical rotation. You are expected to understand and adhere to these policies and organizational standards:

• Organizational Service Standards
• Code of Conduct
• Code of Ethical Behavior
• HIPAA Regulations
Patient Rights & Responsibilities

In addition, you may wish to review Outpatient Therapy Center policies, procedures and educational opportunities.

How to Find Mary Free Bed & Where to Park

For your first several days, parking is available on the top floor of the Mary Free Bed parking ramp adjacent to our outpatient buildings. Enter the ramp via the visitor’s entrance on Lafayette Avenue. The driveway is located between the Professional Building (350 Lafayette Ave. SE) and the Mary Ives Hunting Center (360 Lafayette Ave. SE).

A skywalk connects the Professional Building to the two hospital buildings. Access the skywalk from the third floor of the ramp. You’ll be asked to park in a surface lot directly across from the hospital on Wealthy Street once you receive your parking card.

Find additional parking information and maps here.

Dress Codes

Student/resident appearance is an important aspect of the impression our visitors and patients have of our services.

Please review and adhere to the specifications outlined in the Mary Free Bed dress code.

Name Badge

Please bring with you the name badge provided by your academic institution. You’ll also be provided with a Mary Free Bed identification badge that must be returned to your clinical supervisor on your final day.

Libraries Available to You

Mary Free Bed has a small library of books and audiovisual materials related to rehabilitation. Mercy Health Saint Mary’s also has a medical library available for student use. Their collection consists of medical, nursing and technical literature.

Available services include orientation to the library, circulation of materials, reference, assistance in locating and using library materials, interlibrary loans (for a fee) and photocopying. You may request a search via the Mary Free Bed Education Department.

In the Event of a Health Emergency

We will follow our hospital emergency procedures if a student is in need of medical attention for any type of injury or health emergency during working hours. We do this just as we would for any employee, patient or visitor.

In such a case, the on duty nursing supervisor will be called immediately to determine the appropriate intervention. This could include an emergency room visit, a physician’s care, the student being sent home or continuing to work. Our Infection Control Coordinator is available in such circumstances to determine if there are risks related to communicable or infectious disease. Students are responsible for any subsequent medical costs.

Student/Resident Housing

Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements and for all costs incurred. Housing is sometimes available for a weekly or monthly charge with Mary Free Bed staff or elsewhere in the community. For housing inquiries, contact Beth Ferguson, In-Patient Department Secretary at 616.840.9769 or beth.ferguson@maryfreebed.com.

Dining Options & Meals

You may purchase snacks and meals in the Urban Platter cafeteria on the first floor of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, adjacent to Mary Free Bed. The Urban Platter is open 6:30 am – 7:30 pm and 11 pm to 1 am, 7 days a week.

You may also bring your own meals. Designated refrigerators and microwaves are available in the inpatient and outpatient therapy areas. You may eat in the cafeteria or one of the many “off-stage” areas available to you, such as the staff lounges.