Clinical Supervision as defined by CAATE and the University of Mobile Athletic Training Education Program requires that anyone supervising a pre-professional student or Athletic Training Student “must maintain auditory and visual contact with the pre-professional student or Athletic Training Student at all times in order to be able to intervene on behalf of the patient or the pre-professional or Athletic Training Student."
This may be a new concept to many Preceptors because of how things were formerly done and many of you were probably “on your own” a great deal while accumulating your clinical experience hours. Many of you were in programs where you were basically utilized as an extension of the professional athletic training work force. Although you learned to make decisions, your level of education and experience at that point was probably insufficient for you to rationally and prudently be expected to make such decisions.
With the advent of the mandate of Direct Supervision subject to the Sight and Sound Rule, pre-professional students and Athletic Training Students are not put in positions for which they are not ready and comfortable, and patients/athletes are protected from mistakes that a novice pre-professional or Athletic Training Student might commit. This is one of the reasons that all UMobile pre-professional students and Athletic Training Students must wear a nametag identifying them as either a “Pre-Professional Student” or an “Athletic Training Student” when they are participating in their clinical experiences.
If you, as a Preceptor, recognize that, for any reason, you come upon a situation where you cannot provide Direct Supervision of the Athletic Training Student assigned to your site, please contact the UMobile ATEP Director or the Clinical Coordinator and arrangements will be made for reassignment of the pre-professional student or Athletic Training Student.