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Careers / Learners/ How to Prepare for a Placement

How to Prepare for a Placement

If you are currently not approved for a placement, click here.

What you need to know about COVID-19 as a learner at St. Joe’s

What to Expect and How to Prepare: Before coming onsite, if you don’t have an ID badge you can use for your placement please arrange an appointment with Security, via your placement supervisor to obtain one. When you arrive onsite, show the email confirming your security appointment at screening, and then to security to obtain your ID badge.

When you Arrive: Use the COVID-19 Digital Screening Tool. If you feel unwell and do not pass the screening questions, notify your placement manager and school contact for further direction. If you haven’t received your St. Joe’s login and password, sign in to the screening tool using your first and last name.

Where to Enter: Staff, Physician and Learner entrances at each campus (view and download a map

Working Safety During Your Placement:

  • Follow screening, hand hygiene, and use PPE as per protocols.
  • Review doffing/donning of PPE with the supervisor based on need during placement.
  • Complete the Hand Hygiene (2014) IPAC-001v3 elearning – as a guest
  • Throughout your placement follow surveillance and infection control principles. We conduct active and passive screening for COVID-19, including surveillance for symptomatic and asymptomatic patients, and healthcare workers through signage, virtual, and verbal screening at all entry points to our hospitals. IPAC principles are to be applied to all patients, all interactions, and at all times to reduce risk of transmission.  
  • Learners should not care for patients with confirmed COVID-19.
  • Follow patient screening for COVID-19 and masking requirements.
  • If caring for a patient that has symptoms of COVID-19 notify preceptor or faculty member.
  • Ensure patients that meet criteria for COVID-19 testing are placed in Enhanced Droplet Contact Precautions.

If required, provide patient factsheet/handouts for PHO “How to self-isolate” and “Self-Monitor”.

Before your placement begins:

                    Quick link from the handbook:

    • Go to the specific leaner page for detailed instructions and deadlines.


  • Complete and keep a personal record of all relevant prerequisite items outlined in the Learner Handbook prior to the placement start date. Provide copies to the right contact by the deadline as outlined on the specific learner page.
    • Note: it is recommended that you review this handbook and begin preparations for your placement 6-8 weeks prior (if possible) to prevent a delay in the start of your placement.
    • If any of these requirements are not met it will delay the start of your placement.

During your placement:

  • Review the Learner: Welcome Guide
  • Access key safety resources:
    • On each computer desktop there is an MSDS link (to access WHMIS information)
    • MyStJoes Intranet site – to access policies and procedures