Student Observation Opportunities

Many departments at Union Hospital offer Student Observation opportunities. Most observers come for a few hours, a day, or even a number of days. Issues of Infection Control (health risks to patients and visitors) and HIPAA Patient Privacy (patient confidentiality) laws will limit what observers can see and experience.

Hospital Policy permits observation of...

  1. Hospital Departments by students age 16 and older.
  2. A Credentialed Professional (physician, nurse practitioner, CRNA) either in the hospital or in a hospital-owned physician practice by students age 18 and older

Physician/CNP/CRNA Observation

Students wishing to observe any Credentialed Professional at Union Hospital or in a hospital-owned physician practice are urged to first make a personal contact with that Professional and discuss it with them. Whether it's your personal doctor, a family friend, or another Professional with which you have contact, it's best to use that contact to ask them about observing in their office or in Union Hospital.

Observers must be at least 18 years of age and enrolled in high school or a post-secondary institution to observe a Credentialed Professional at Union Hospital or in a UH-owned physician practice.

Once you have the Professional's approval to observe, and if that observation will be in Union Hospital or in a Union Hospital Physician Services office, then please contact the Union Hospital Office of Community Relations by phone at (330) 364-0884 or by e-mail: This office will send the observer the required paperwork and instructions. Please allow four weeks in advance of the observation date to enable all steps to be completed as required.

Observation is NOT permitted in Operating Rooms and Endoscopy, Emergency Department, ICU, Labor and Delivery rooms, Interventional Radiology, isolation rooms, and any other area deemed inappropriate by the Director/Manager of the patient care area.

Observation in a Hospital Department

Step One

It is up to YOU to contact the hospital department you wish to observe. Scroll down to see the list of departments that host student observers. This is an important call because you need to decide if the observation experience the department can offer will meet your expectations. You will also discuss the exact day(s) and time(s) for your observation experience.

Contact the Department at least two weeks in advance of when you wish to observe. Please be flexible when calling to arrange the day and time of your observation.

View the list of departments that host student observers

When calling a department to arrange for a student observation, be sure you write down this important information:

  • Department name and name of the person to whom you spoke
  • Date(s) and Time(s) that you will come to UH to observe
  • Where you should park or be dropped off
  • Where to enter the hospital
  • What to wear
  • Any other important information you are given

Step Two

When you have arranged your observation visit, contact Holly in the Community Relations office by e-mail: She will e-mail you the necessary paperwork with instructions to be completed prior to starting your observation.

Reminder: Hospital dress code does not permit jeans or denim clothing, shorts, sandals, tank tops, warmups, t-shirts (unless UH logo) or hoodies.

Print and complete the paperwork and bring it with you to the hospital on the day of your visit. Give the paperwork to your department host. If anything is missing or incomplete you will not be permitted to continue the observation.

Still Have Questions?

If you have other questions about student observation at Union Hospital, call the UH Community Relations office at 330-365-3866.

Departments Offering Student Observation

It is the student's responsibility to first contact the department they wish to observe. Call or e-mail the person listed in the department and discuss your observation wishes.

Important: Departments have limits on student observers. Not all requests for observation can be fulfilled.


Students may observe as staff perform their duties. A half-day observation period works best.

Department Contact: Betty Mann, RN 330-343-3311, ext. 2533

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

Students may observe as staff perform their duties. A half-day observation period works best.

Department Contact: Rhonda Karl, RN 330-343-3540

Health Information Management/Medical Records

Students may observe HIM staff performing their tasks in the department. Observation can be from 2 to 4 hours.

Department Contact: Bonnie Andrews 330-365-3857

Information Technologies (IT)

Students may observe IT staff in management of computer systems, networks, and equipment.

Department Contact: Dave Baumgardner 330-365-3830


Student observation is available within the Laboratory and with Phlebotomists who draw blood in the Outpatient Lab and from inpatients. Two- to four-hour observation periods are available.

Department Contact: Cary Baird 330-364-0843

Nutrition Services – Dietitian

Students may observe with a dietitian or the clinical nutrition manager for several hours on a single day.

Department Contact: Ashley Addessi 330-343-3311, ext. 2168

Patient Financial Services

Students may observe staff working in the business office billing patients and insurance companies for hospital services. Observation may be for several hours up to a full day.

Department Contacts: Rian Pierce 330-343-3311, ext. 6440 OR April Lewis 330-343-3311, ext. 6448


Students may observe in the Department for up to 8 hours on one day. Students may observe Pharmacy Technicians, Pharmacists, and other staff, depending on the student’s interests discussed when student talks to the Department contact.

Department Contact: Cathy Wiggs 330-602-5970

Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy

Students may observe therapists at the UH Healthplex. Observation periods range from several hours to several days, depending on student interest and staff availability.

Department Contact: Daryl Adelman 330-343-3311, ext. 2369

Radiology – X-ray

Students may observe for several hours up to a full day.

Department Contact: Ammie Katicich 330-343-3311, ext. 2542

Respiratory Care

Students may observe as staff perform their duties. A two- to four-hour observation period works best.

Department Contact: Allen Corbett 330-343-3311, ext. 2536

Vascular Laboratory

Students may observe as staff perform their duties. Observations of 2 to 4 hours can be arranged.

Department Contact: Mark Lancaster 330-365-3865

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