Article offers best practices for success during on-site instruction

Cookeville – Fortis Institute in Cookeville faculty members have published an article in the “Journal of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.” “Helpful Tips for Radiologic Technology Students Starting Clinical Rotations” is a collaboration between Program Director Tamara Daniels, R.T. (R)(CT), and Clinical Coordinator Kristin Lockhart, R.T.(R)(CT). 

The article provides clinical preceptors and staff technologists with practical advice on how to prepare for clinical rotations, while offering best practices that position radiologic technology students for success during on-site instruction. 

Visit HERE to download a full text version of the article.

“Our hope is this article will help students see the transition to clinical rotations as a new adventure in their learning experience,” said Daniels. “Our intention is for students to glean tips and insight. We want them to have the tools to combat nervousness or doubt.”

Lockhart elaborated, explaining that it is natural for students to feel nervous about patient interactions. “Our article demonstrates students are not alone in their apprehension – everyone has first day jitters,” she adds.

The hope is by reminding these professionals about the processes students go through prior to coming to the clinical setting they will be more supportive and reassuring, ultimately creating a better clinical experience.

“I am so proud of Tamara and Kristin. I am confident the clinical students, supervisors and program administrators who read this journal article will gather important suggestions and relevant guidance curated from our successful radiologic technology program,” said Fortis Institute in Cookeville Campus President James Williamson. “I congratulate them on representing Fortis and their profession so well.”

The Fortis Radiologic Technology program is an associate degree where students learn to interact with the patient and acquire the best diagnostic images possible. As a Radiologic Technology graduate, students are prepared for employment as full scope radiologic technologists in hospitals, outpatient centers, surgical centers, imaging centers and more.

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