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Clinical Placement Breakdown

The new 2019 Government of Alberta program contains 3 clinical placements that total 360 hours of the program.

The first two placements are instructor-led experience with employers where you can learn to effectively apply your classroom and lab training.

The third clinical placement is an opportunity for students to work alongside another HCA and get immediate feedback on the skills you need to succeed as a Health Care Aide.

Fit Testing for N95 Masks for Clinical Placements

With the continued rapid spread of the Covid-19, MaKami’s clinical placement partners are creating new policies to ensure the safety of their staff and students while they care for the most vulnerable in our communities. One of the new policies that is beginning more common is the use of N95 masks while caring for clients.

An N95 mask is a respiratory protective device designed to have a very close facial fit to ensure filtration of airborne particles. The edges of the mask are designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth. For this reason, those who wear this mask need to be fitted to ensure the proper size for the closest fit and maximum filtration.

In response, MaKami is now arranging N95 Respiratory Masks Fit Testing prior to students going out on clinical placements.

Following the fit testing, each student will be provided with a N95 fit test card. This card indicates the student’s sizing information and is valid for two years. This fit test card will be required to be issued the correct N95 mask while on clinical placements.

Students will be advised of the date and time when fit testing will be conducted. Attendance is mandatory.

PLEASE NOTE: In order for the fit testing to be conducted successfully, male students must be cleanly shaved in order to get a good seal around the mask. Additionally, you will need to have your mask fit test redone if you have any significant changes in weight (loss or gain) or dental/facial surgery.

Clinical Placement I

During this clinical placement experience, students will experience the role of the HCA by working under the direction of a regulated health care professional (e.g. LPN, RN, RPN). Students will have the opportunity to work in a continuing care setting such as supportive living (designated supportive living or DSL), senior lodges, long term care, and group homes.

Students will integrate and implement the knowledge they have learned in courses 1–4 in the clinical setting. Students will provide client care that is safe, ethical, and respectful based on the needs of the client. Care that meets these standards is known as person-centred care.

Clinical Placement II

During the second clinical placement experience, students will experience the role of the HCA by working under the direction of a regulated health-care professional (e.g. LPN, RN, RPN). Students will have the opportunity to work in a variety of health care settings such as continuing care or acute care.

Students will integrate and implement the knowledge they have learned in all the courses 1-7 in the clinical setting. Students will provide person-centred care and support for clients and their families; that care is safe, ethical, and respectful.

Clinical Placement III

This is the final clinical placement course, where students will practise the role of the HCA. Students will be working under the supervision of a regulated health care professional (e.g. LPN, RN, RPN) and buddied with an HCA. Students will work in a variety of health care settings, such as continuing care or acute care.

Students will integrate and implement the knowledge they have learned throughout the HCA Program, which will guide them in providing person-centred care and support for clients and their families; that care is safe, ethical, and respectful.

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