ECHN is happy to offer short-term opportunities to observe the care and services provided at ECHN for the purposes of, but not limited to, career exploration, degree requirements, recruiting or for educational purposes. Observations are a completely hands-off experience and require the supervision of an ECHN staff member or physician at all times.
In order to be considered for a observation or shadowing opportunity you must:
1. Locate a sponsor. You are responsible for securing a sponsor (ECHN employee or physician) who will allow you to observe under his/her supervision. Please keep in mind that ECHN does not provide placement assistance for observations nor are we permitted to give out contact information for physicians or other staff members. You are welcome to use any contact you may have (family, friends, former observers, employees) to secure a sponsor.
2. Download and Complete an Observation Request Form. Once you have secured a sponsor, you will need to review, complete, and sign the proper Observation Request Form (see below). Please note that if you are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must also sign. Upon completion, please submit this form to your sponsor, so that they may complete and then it may be submitted. Please understand that this is simply the first step in the process. One must review educational materials, pass a test related to these materials, sign appropriate forms and be medically clear prior to his/her shadowing experience. You and your sponsor will be notified when you are set to shadow. With this in mind, please understand that the process takes time so plan accordingly.
If you are a high school, technical/trades school, college or university student, please download and complete the “Observation Request Form-Students”
If you are an ECHN employee, volunteer, contracted student or other licensed healthcare professionals who has already completed various health screening requirements through your contract or program involvement, please download and complete the “Observation Request Form-Pre Cleared Observers.”
3. Return the ECHN Observation Clearance Packet. After your request form has been reviewed and approved, you will be sent a confirmation email from ECHN along with the appropriate clearance documentation requirements that must be completed and submitted two weeks prior to the start of your approved observation. All costs associated with the clearance process will be the responsibility of the observer.
Please contact S. Ashley Thompson, MBA, MA, LPC, LADC, ECHN Volunteer & Community Relations Manager by phone at 860-647-6841 if you have any questions.