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Procedures in the Event of Injury

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Procedures in the Event of Injury

Departmental policies are to be followed at all times in the clinical sites. These policies are written to protect the safety of patients and employees. In the event a student is injured while in a radiation oncology department, the student should observe the following procedures:

Notify supervising therapist of the injury, and of the circumstances under which the

injury occurred. Also report the injury to the Clinical Coordinator & the Program Director verbally as soon as possible, and in written form utilizing the MCPHS Clinical Incident Report Form.

Complete a departmental incident report form for the clinical site in which you are assigned, give a copy of the report to the Clinical Coordinator & the Program Director, and keep a copy for your records. PLEASE NOTE: There are separate Incident Report Forms that will need to be completed for both MCPHS and the clinical sites.
If medical attention is required, go to the emergency room at the hospital to which you are assigned for internship. The student is responsible for all costs incurred in the emergency room. (It may be helpful to take a copy of your insurance information with you to the ER.)
"NEEDLE STICKS ARE NEVER MINOR”. These must be brought to the attention

of your supervising therapist immediately, and an emergency room visit must be made within 24 hours of the injury. Do NOT dismiss a needle stick as unimportant; prompt action should be taken."

Ethics And Professional Conduct

Ethics (by definition): A pattern of conduct demonstrating adherence to the values and attitudes

established to benefit professionals and their relationships with patients, families of patients, coworkers and other medical personnel.

Altruism, confidentiality, personal integrity, professional demeanor, attitude and appearance are attributes deemed essential to functioning effectively in the clinical setting. The student is expected to behave in a way that is truthful and honest, accepting responsibility for his/her own actions, and working diligently to correct identified deficiencies. Any behavior or attitudes that call into question the student’s potential capabilities to perform as a radiation therapist will be reviewed and addressed accordingly.
Students will be evaluated on their performance in the areas of medical ethics and professional conduct.
The main concepts to be addressed include courtesy, respect, integrity, and common sense.
As students of the MCPHS Radiation Therapy Program, you will be studying subject areas and learning skills essential to the competent practice of Radiation Therapy. Through your behavior you will also be required to demonstrate an awareness of, and commitment to meeting, the ethical standards integral to the professional practice of a radiation therapist. Whether inside or outside of the hospital, your behavior reflects your level of commitment to professionalism and quality patient care. The development of an ethical, professional demeanor is a critical component of your education. Satisfactory performance in the classroom and technical skills alone is NOT sufficient to ensure continued enrollment in the program.
Intrinsic to each individual are attitudes, feelings and beliefs, which motivate behavior. It is only through your words and actions that another person can assess the value and respect that you hold for the radiation therapy profession. As students, your ethical and professional conduct will be evaluated by your actions, and how closely these actions approximate accepted value-oriented behavior. (To help clarify this concept, think about the word dependable. Traits of a dependable individual include punctuality and reliability. For example, a dependable person arrives on time, and does not leave his/her assigned station.)

Mission Statement
The Radiation Therapy Program provides a high-quality, student learner-centered environment. Students receive state-of-the-art didactic and clinical experiences enabling them to become competent entry-level professionals in the radiologic sciences.

Radiation Therapy Program Goals

1. Program graduates will be competent and qualified entry level radiation therapists.

2. Program graduates will possess necessary skills to effectively communicate.
3. Program graduates apply critical thinking skills required of an entry-level radiation therapist.
4. Program graduates will demonstrate professional and ethical behavior.
Various groups of people will witness your professional development. The following list exemplifies several ways that professionalism may manifest. Students should peruse this list to gain insight into commonly accepted practices of professional behavior.

Value(s): Behaviors observed by patients:

Efficiency and


  • Professional appearance; good hygiene; good posture

  • Attentive expression

  • Proper use of language; avoid slang or profanity

  • Composure (If you feel anxious/unsure, excuse yourself and get assistance. Do not, however, leave patients in your care alone.)

  • Efficient and self-confident movements/body language

  • Explain procedures as you perform them (This reassures patients that you are alert to their needs.)

  • Procedures should be performed in a timely manner, so not to compromise the patients comfort.


  • Use of proper names and titles (Mr./Ms./Dr., etc.) until the patient expresses a desire to be addressed differently.

  • Introduction of any personnel that the patient has not already met

  • Eye contact- actively seek & maintain it when caring for patients

Behaviors observed by supervising radiation therapists:

Role Responsibility

  • Punctuality and reliable attendance

  • Follow through with assigned tasks on time as per schedule

  • Introduce yourself to all patients & family members

  • Respect the knowledge of therapists and staff

  • Thoroughly understand your role within the department (both the responsibilities & limitations thereof)

  • Honesty & integrity in documentation

Revised 03/05, 8/06, 8/09

Self-Direction in Learning

  • Attentiveness to instruction

  • Asking pertinent questions

  • Individual research for solutions to problems (Don’t ask others for all the answers—instead ask for suggestions on research materials.)


  • Knowledge of expected duties

  • Performance of duties without constant reminders

  • Recognizing when others need assistance and assisting in other areas—ONLY when it is appropriate to leave your assignment (And obtaining permission prior to leaving an assigned area.)

  • Be courteous and respectful to all team members

  • Effective time management skills (e.g., utilizing a slow period to research clinical topics/read charts/assist others, etc.)

  • Return from all breaks promptly as scheduled

  • Do not leave the treatment area in the middle of a patient procedure

  • Do not leave the treatment area or department without notifying the therapist or clinical supervisor

  • Also see Role Responsibility

Value(s): Academic Behaviors:

Role Responsibility

  • Prompt, thorough and neat completion of assignments

  • Attendance of classes, labs & other scheduled activities

  • Neat appearance & compliance with dress code (Remember that like patients, instructors are impacted by your appearance

  • Not discussing the patient’s disease with the patient

  • Listen to the patient but not confirming or denying any comments the patient makes of their health

  • Refer the patient and/or family to the radiation oncologist, if the patient and/or family requests additional information

  • Treat patients & their families with the utmost respect & courtesy



  • Integration and application of knowledge (Applying learned material from various courses/clinical experiences to the problem at hand. Application of didactic concepts to your own behavior.)

  • Professional representation of the Radiation Therapy profession (and health care in general)


  • Never divulging patient information to anyone outside of the patient’s healthcare team

  • Avoidance of gossip (by self or others); never discussing negative impressions of patients/peers/physicians, etc.

  • Avoidance of gossip about other therapists or clinical affiliates

  • Remove or obstruct any patient identification on copied patient records. Follow HIPAA Guidelines (see Clinical Coordinator or Frances Keech) Revised 3/04

  • Keeping patient & departmental information in the Radiation Oncology Department confidential. Confidentiality must be maintained at all times


  • Maintain patient safety.

  • Maintain universal precautions

  • Follow all Doctors orders and treatment prescriptions designated in the patient record.

  • Often measured by education/intelligence in our society

  • Participation in continued education

  • Achievement in maintenance of certification and licensure

  • Active involvement in professional societies.

  • All instruction from the physicians need to be recorded and dated.

  • When questions arise, check with the assigned clinical supervisor.

  • Working under supervision at all times.


  • Maintain professional demeanor at all times. Never speak or behave unprofessionally in the presence of patients, their family members, or any member of the radiation therapy team; which includes therapists, physicians, physicists, dosimetrists, nurses, and support personnel.

** The above listed guidelines do not represent an exhaustive list of professional values

and associated behaviors. Professionalism as a goal requires good judgment and

consistent effort, throughout your education and subsequent career.

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