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Nursing Student Orientation

This website orientation is intended for use by nursing students with clinical rotations at Craig Hospital. All information presented is the property of Craig Hospital and cannot be reproduced without permission. The learning modules included here are quite long so if you are interested in copies of the information, inquire at orientation.

This orientation is general and meant to give you an overview of Craig Hospital and provide links to specific information on spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. Several policies/procedures are linked also that you are required to review. These documents can be identified by the adobe reader icon and need to be read using the acrobat reader which is available as a free download from Adobe. Further orientation will be provided at Craig Hospital on the first clinical day. On the first day, you will be required to sign a document stating you reviewed and understand the website orientation information. Review of the online orientation and completion of the in-house orientation are mandatory for participation of clinical at Craig Hospital.

General Information

Craig Hospital is a world-renowned hospital and research center specialized in the care of people who have sustained a spinal cord and/or a brain injury. An interdisciplinary team cares for the patients at Craig Hospital and includes Medicine, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Respiratory, Pharmacy, Therapeutic Recreation, Dietary Services, Neuropsychology, Psychology, Family Services and Outpatient Services.

Mission Statement

Craig advocates for and provides exceptional patient and family centered care for those affected by spinal cord and brain injury. Together we bravely strive for optimal health, independence, and life quality with unyielding determination.

Core Values

  • Foster independence through education and experiences
  • Encourage peer support
  • Develop a family atmosphere where caring for others is shared
  • Embrace a culture of safety
  • Put fun into the process of rehabilitation
  • Advance rehabilitation through research
  • Enhance life quality through advocacy and education

Vision Statement

Craig will be recognized internationally as a leader in providing innovative rehabilitation and health care services through an interdisciplinary team approach focused on delivering exceptional life quality and independence outcomes for people affected by spinal cord and brain injury.

Information for Clinical Shifts

  • ALL STUDENTS: please print this Clinical Readiness Tool, complete and bring with you to the first day of clinical/orientation.
  • Craig follows the Clinical Scholar model and has no instructors from outside of Craig. If we accept a rotation, we are providing the clinical scholar. The exception to this rule may be for C.N.A. rotations.
  • Craig hosts rotations for Med/Surg II, Senior Practicum/Internship, Community Health, Leadership, Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care, and CNA rotations.
  • No need for Fit Testing for masks, there are no TB rooms at Craig Hospital.
  • You must arrive 10 minutes before the start of your clinical shift, late arrivals will be sent home.
  • Bring your completed prep sheets each clinical shift.
  • Bring your stethoscope daily.
  • It is not necessary to bring all your textbooks and drug references as we have this information available to you on the units.
  • Lockers are not available for student use. Please do not bring valuables or large backpacks with you. Do not leave keys or wallets lying around in lounges or nursing station.
  • Refrigerators and microwaves are available on each unit in the staff lounges if you wish to bring your own food. The Craig cafeteria does not provide 24 hour service, but is open for breakfast and lunch. The small cafeterias on the units are open for all 3 meals. Vending machines are available on the East lobby. The gift shop is open Monday Friday 0900-1700 and Saturday 1000-1600.
  • When picking up patient assignments, do not come during change of shift as you will not easily gain access to the information you need. Craig does both 8 and 12 hour shifts so avoid these times: 0630-0730, 1430-1530, 1830-1930, 2230-2330
  • Specifics about your clinical rotation, assignments due and when to pick up patient assignments will be discussed during orientation on the first clinical day.

Review the Care Plan Guidelines and sample care plans to help you in preparing your written assignments for clinical.

Communication and Report

Report is done verbally. You will be expected to take report from the outgoing nurse and to give report to the incoming nurse regarding your patients. After verbal report, safety checks are done by going room to room. Please review the RN Guidelines for shift report. At 1830 each day, report is done at the bedside so that the patient and their family can participate.

RN Safety Checks
S - Settings (TF, IV, Specialty Bed)
A - Airways (Vent, 02 needs, Pulse Ox, Trach)
F - Fall Risk (Transfer Status, ADL status, Transfer Sheets, Helmet, Orthotics, Collar)
E - Environment (Restraints applied correctly, bed in lowest position, bed rails up, bed alarm, code alert, call light in reach, declutter room)
T - Tube check (catheter draining, TF running, G-tube position, IV/PICC site)
Y - Yellow binder - Plan of Care

SBAR is a method used to communicate information to physicians. We encourage you to be familiar with this method. Review the SBAR Report.

Patient Units at Craig Hospital

Craig Hospital has four inpatient nursing units and an outpatient clinic. The majority of the admissions are newly injured patients with spinal cord injury and/or traumatic brain injury.

  • 2 West is a unit for traumatic brain injury with an average census of 20-22 patients. Newly injured brain injury patients are admitted to 2 West. 2 West uses RNs, Rehab Techs and Behavior Attendants to provide the necessary care to patients. Behavior Attendants (BAs) are used to provide the necessary safety and/or behavioral interventions for patients.
  • 2 East is a unit, with an average census of 16, for patients with spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries and for brain injury patients needing a transitional area prior to discharge. Many of the rooms on 2 East are designed like a studio apartment and allow the patient and family to live together in the space to practice everything prior to discharge. 2 East uses RNs and Rehab Techs to provide care to patients.
  • 4 West is an acute spinal cord injury unit, with an average census of 22-24 patients. Newly injured spinal cord patients are admitted to 4 West, including patients requiring mechanical ventilation. 4 West uses RNs and Rehab Techs to provide the necessary care.
  • 3 East is a unit, with an average census of 17 patients, for spinal cord injury primarily used to transition patients to home. The rooms on 3 East are designed like a studio apartment and allow the patient and family to live together in the space to practice everything prior to discharge. 3 East is staffed with RNs and Rehab Techs.
  • Outpatient Clinic sees a variety of patients for re-evaluations, medical check-ups and history/physicals. The clinic includes a genitourinary clinic which sees inpatients as well as outpatients for bladder management issues. The clinic also runs a skin clinic and neurosurgery clinic each week. The clinic has a physician, Nurse Practitioners, RNs, and Rehab Techs.

All 5 of these areas can be utilized for nursing student rotations. You will be notified of which unit you are on during the first clinical day. Each unit is unique and therefore differences do exist in how they do report, where supplies are kept etc. The specifics and a tour will be provided to you during orientation on the first clinical day.

Experiences for Students (varied by unit)

  • Spinal cord injury (SCI)
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Traumatic injuries, disability
  • Ventilator and tracheostomy management
  • Observe clean-technique suctioning
  • Medication management including oral, IV, SubQ, IM, G-tube, topical etc.
  • Unique medications, large quantity for each patient
  • Central line and peripheral IV management
  • IV antibiotics, maintenance IVs, TPN, Lipids etc.
  • Tube feeding management
  • Patient/family education
  • Collaboration with interdisciplinary team including physician report
  • Behavior management
  • Extensive time management and organizational skills
  • Wound management including Wound Vacs and other complex dressings
  • Pre and post-op care (neurosurgery and skin flap surgery)
  • Participate in PCA management
  • Extensive care plans and discharge planning
  • Continuum of care post-discharge
  • Management of complications from spinal cord injury and/or traumatic brain injury
  • Spasticity clinic
  • Genitourinary clinic in outpatient clinic

Clinical Scholars

The clinical scholars have all attended the Scholar Workshops through the Center for Nursing Excellence and completed orientation at Craig Hospital with experienced Scholars.

Mysti Bauer, RN, BSN

Juliet Cromley, RN, BSN

Angie Ware, RN, BSN

Andreanna Lawson, RN, MSN

Janet Rife, RN, BSN

Kate Stuhlman, RN, BSN

Kirsten Wiggers, RN, BSN


  • Craig Hospital follows and takes seriously the HIPAA regulations regarding confidentiality and security of patient information.
  • All information you learn while at Craig Hospital is confidential and can not be discussed or shared with anyone.
  • No patient information can ever be placed in the trash; Shred-it bins are available at each nursing station to place patient information in. Your worksheets, prep guides, care plans etc. need to be placed in the Shred-it bin when you are done with them.
  • When completing your required paperwork for school, never include the patient name, initials or any other identifying information. You may refer to the patient as "patient", "patient A", or an alias such as "Bob".
  • If you need to email an assignment, do so from your school account, not your personal email as it will not have enough security to protect the confidential patient and/or student information.
  • Please do not answer the phones at the nursing stations. But you should know we have a process where patients can give a code to their family and friends allowing them to have access to their health information status. Staff will ask for this code prior to disclosing any information over the phone.
  • You will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to starting your clinical rotation.
  • If you did not complete the Craig approved HIPAA education at your respective school of nursing, you will be required to complete a HIPAA education module on your first day.

Please review the following policies:

Dress Code

Please dress in business casual for your first clinical day/orientation day. To pick up your patient assignments, please dress in your school uniform, if you have one, or in business casual. YOU MUST HAVE A PHOTO ID ON AT ALL TIMES WHEN YOU ARE IN OUR FACILITY. Our staff dress casually and do not typically wear scrubs or uniforms. You may wear scrub bottoms and colored tops, business casual or jeans. You are encouraged to dress comfortably yet look professional. The following is a list of items you may not wear:

  1. Shorts
  2. Sweatpants
  3. Open-toed shoes or sandals
  4. Tank tops or any shirt exposing the under arm area
  5. Low-cut and/or tight fitting shirts
  6. Low-waisted pants or jeans exposing your abdomen, back, or buttock
  7. Short shirts exposing your abdomen or back
  8. Artificial nails of any kind. Nails must be trimmed at inch length. Nail polish is allowed, but must have no chips
  9. Tattoos must be covered up with clothing or a bandage if considered offensive
  10. Facial piercings are limited to one stud in each ear, please remove all other piercings for clinical
  11. Keep long hair tied back
  12. No perfume or cologne

Body Substance Isolation (BSI)

You are expected to follow Body Substance Isolation (BSI) at all times. Sinks are available in every patient room and alcohol hand sanitizer is readily available.

All Craig Hospital patients require Body Substance Isolation (BSI), whether or not they have a diagnosed infectious disease. Assume that every patient is infectious and use appropriate BSI. Patients at Craig Hospital infected and/or colonized with antibiotic resistant organisms such as MRSA, VRE and Clostridium difficile are managed based on this philosophy. Hospital Associated rates for these microorganisms are closely monitored and have remained low. The key to success is staff compliance. Please review the following document: Body Substance Isolation (BSI): The Standard of Care

Emergency Codes

There are a variety of emergency codes that may be called at Craig. The codes are always preceded by chimes, and then the operator will announce one of the following

CODE BLUE is for a respiratory or cardiac arrest. The Swedish Medical Center Team will respond to our Code Blue, however Craig staff is trained and will initiate the Code Blue while waiting for the Swedish team.

EMERGENCY STAT is called for any patient emergency requiring additional assistance from nursing, respiratory and physicians (falls, seizures, respiratory problems etc).

CODE RED is the code for a fire/fire drill. These occur regularly. All doors must be closed, hallways cleared of equipment, and then staff meets behind the nursing station for further instructions.

CODE GREEN is the code for a bomb threat. You are asked not to answer the phones, but if this should occur you need to get as much information as possible from the caller (i.e. where is the bomb, what does it look like, does it have a timer, when is it supposed to go off, etc.) Keep the person on the phone while having a staff member calling the Code Green. Security will get involved and give further instructions.

CODE SILVER is the code for a weapon in the building.

Nursing Student Policy

Please read this policy regarding Nursing Student Rotations so you are familiar with our policy/procedure. This policy provides instructions on student behaviors and co-signing student documentation as well as a list of items students are not allowed to do at Craig Hospital. You are expected to follow the policies and procedures of Craig Hospital at all times. These are available to you from any computer at the nursing stations using the following steps:

  • Click on Internet Explorer icon
  • From the top toolbar, Choose Policies & Forms.
  • Choose all policies and then Patient Care Policies
  • The policies are listed by category, so choose the appropriate category
  • Then choose the specific policy needed
  • Staff is always available to help you as well as your Clinical Scholar. Your Clinical Scholar at Craig is an employee of Craig Hospital; therefore she knows hospital policy and procedure well.

Resources for Cultural Diversity

  • Interpreters for non-English speaking patients
  • Staff interpreters available
  • Translator phone for non-English speaking patients
  • Words and phrases guides
  • Cultural books on units
  • Internet access
  • Specific information in patients plan of care
  • Chaplain services
  • Dietician for specific food preferences/needs

Medication Administration Information

It is the policy of Craig Hospital that all medications given by a nursing student will be verified for correct dose by the Clinical Scholar or RN preceptor prior to the student administering the medication. Administration of all IV medications must be supervised. Craig Hospital does have a bar coding system for medication administration and you will access the bar coding system for giving medications. Please review the following two policies on medication administration:

Miscellaneous Policies

Information Specific to SCI and TBI Patients

The information below is a resource for you to complete your assignments as well as gain understanding of spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury.

  • Bladder Management
  • SCI (Spinal Cord Injury)
  • TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)
  • Skin
  • Bowel
  • Bowel Program and Digital Stimulation
  • Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD)
  • Respiratory
  • Halo Brace Management and Nursing Care

Nursing Staff Development Coordinator

For any questions or concerns regarding your clinical rotation, please contact:
Jenn Wahl, DNP, MSN, RN, CRRN
Nursing Staff Development and Research Coordinator
Jenn has her doctorate in nursing practice and a master’s degree in nursing leadership. She has been the Staff Development and Research Coordinator at Craig Hospital since 2011. She serves as a mentor for the clinical scholars and coordinates the nursing student rotation programs at Craig Hospital. For any questions, issues or concerns please email or call her.

Welcome to Craig Hospital! We look forward to having you as part of the team during your internship here.