I'm a nursing student in a hospital-based diploma program. I have a strong interest in working in the ED, and I'd really like to spend some time in the dept. this summer so I can get a better idea of what it's really like, and also to get a better idea of what pts. may experience in the ED before being admitted. I was talking with one of my instructors about this, and she said that HIPAA has made it increasingly difficult to accomodate "observers" and said that it probably wouldn't be allowed, although I should just call the ED manager directly and see if I get anywhere.
Any thoughts on how I can best approach this? I understand that my chances of being allowed to actually do any patient care are zilch, and that's OK with me - I think I'd learn a huge amount just being there.
Thanks for your help!