What are the student expectations in the BCS department?
Success in the BCS classroom and in the healthcare workplace depends on you!
The following is a list of PROFESSIONAL characteristics you should develop and display. They are necessary for your success, along with the success of your colleagues and the well-being of your patients. This list was developed from the Allied Health Program reference forms we fill out about each of you.
- PUNCTUALITY – Do you show up? Are you on time?
- APPROPRIATE ATTIRE – Dressed for class, a hygienist, a nurse or another role? Or are you dressed for something else, like the beach or the bedroom?
- BOUNDARIES AND RESPECT – Know and respect the boundaries between you and your colleagues and teachers? Do you treat everyone with respect whether you like them or not?
- EMOTIONAL STABILITY – Are you calm and stable, or do you enjoy making drama? Are you mature, or stuck in a middle school mode of behavior? Is it acceptable to treat your colleagues and patients badly because you are having problems in your life? How well do you handle and manage stress?
- PERSONAL INTEGRITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY – Are you honest, or do you think lying and cheating are acceptable? Do you have a code of ethics?
- INTERPERSONAL SKILLS, ABILITY TO RELATE TO CO-WORKERS – Are you pleasant to work with? Do you help your colleagues?
- ABILITY TO INCORPORATE CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM – We all make mistakes. We can all use help finding a better way to do things. Are you willing to learn from those mistakes and listen to people who have something to teach you? Will you try a different way?
- SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY – When you run across a problem, do you wait for someone else to fix it, or do you solve it? If you can’t solve it, what will you do?
- RECOGNITION OF ONE’S OWN LIMITS – Do you know what you don’t know? Are you willing to ask for help?
- ABILITY TO KEEP MATERIAL CONFIDENTIAL – Can you be trusted with private information? Do you understand it’s unethical to talk about colleagues’ private concerns and patients’ medical problems?
- ABILITY TO FOLLOW WRITTEN AND ORAL INSTRUCTIONS – CAN you follow directions? WILL you follow directions?
- ORGANIZATIONAL QUALITIES – Do you know what needs to be done? Can you prioritize tasks? Can you find materials and resources to get things done? Are you detail oriented and can multi-task?
- LISTENING SKILLS, WRITTEN AND ORAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS – Can people understand what you are trying to tell them, clearly and concisely? Do you listen? Can you communicate bad news, or confusing information in a professional and respectful manner?
- ADAPTABILITY AND FLEXIBILITY – Do you understand that change is part of the academic world, the health care workplace and life? Can you “roll with the punches,” or do you spend time and effort complaining about them?
- CONFIDENCE – Do you constantly question yourself, or are you able to make a decision and act on it?
- INITIATIVE – Are you a self-starter? Do you look around and figure out what needs to be done and help move things in the right direction?
- NEW KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS – Do you study to learn or to pass a test? Do you know how to find answers to your questions and learn new skills and information? Can you incorporate newly learned skills and information into your daily practice and teach those skills to others?
- CRITICAL THINKING –Can you read and comprehend written materials? Can you translate book learning into action in real life situations? Can you analyze a problem with multiple pieces of information and come up with a plan of action?
- ABILITY TO ANTICIPATE PROBLEMS – Are you alert to occurrences that predict for problems, or do you wait till a problem becomes a full blown crisis before you do something about it?
- MOTIVATION – Are you motivated by passion for your profession or something else? Do you have a strong work ethic? Can you work independently? Can you persevere under difficult conditions?
- PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS – The ability to solve problems incorporates all of the previous characteristics. You must be present, organized, and engaged. You have to recognize the problem, know what you can handle yourself and ask for help, if need be. You have to work well with others and accept direction and constructive criticism. You must be willing to adapt when the present course is failing. You must work in different situations with all types of people and be emotionally stable enough to deal with acute and intense situations. You must do this with integrity and humility. Are you there yet? If not, are you willing to let us help you get there?