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An observer is a person who is in the facility to shadow a specific person(s). The observer will have no direct physical contact with the patient, nor would he/she, in any way, direct or participate in the treatment of the patient. This person is in the organization to observe only.

An observation experience in any Kalispell Regional Healthcare department can be approved for up to 8 hours.

Departments currently not accepting observers:
  • Kalispell Regional Medical Center Operating Room and Surgical Services
  • Kalispell Regional Medical Center Pediatric Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Instructions and Requirements to Observe or Shadow

We appreciate your interest in observing at Kalispell Regional Healthcare. Please understand, we will try our best but may not be able to honor your request. Approvals are based on the number of requests received, census, staffing and space restrictions. Observer requests are processed once all requirements listed below are met.

1. Fill out the Observer Application

2. Provide copies of all immunization and communicable disease records listed below. The records must be complete and turned into the student coordinator in the Student Affiliations department at Kalispell Regional Healthcare prior to your observation experience. The required documents can be faxed to the secure fax line, emailed or submitted through the Student/Observer Dropbox below.

Required immunization and communicable disease records:
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella): Two official records of vaccinations OR positive results from titers showing immunity is required if observer is going to Kid Kare, Tyke Town, OB or NICU. However, it is recommended for all observers.
  • TB test (PPD-tuberculosis): Fill out the Annual TB Management Form and turn it in for approval of observations up to 8 hours. Record of annual negative TB skin test OR a QuantiFERON TB blood test may be required if the form is not approved. If a TB test is required, it must have been completed within the last 12 months.
  • Varicella (chickenpox): Record of two vaccinations OR positive titer results showing immunity OR recollection of having the disease. Fill out the Chickenpox Affirmation of Recollection.
  • Influenza vaccination: Flu vaccination is required to observe from October 31 through May 31 each year.
  • Tdap (tetanus w/pertussis): Vaccination record is required if observing anywhere there may be children under 12 months of age.
Once your application, immunization and communicable disease records have been received and completed, your application will be sent to the requested department for approval. This can take some time depending on how busy the department is, so if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.
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3b. Review EDU800 Policy
4. Review and complete the Observer Agreement and submit it to the student coordinator via fax, email or the Student/Observer Dropbox. If you are under the age of 18, you must have a legal parent or guardian sign this document prior to receiving your observer badge.
  Observer Agreement
5. Once you have been cleared and approved for your observation experience, make an appointment with the student coordinator to be issued an observer badge. Please make an appointment if you are coming in person, as we are not always available when assisting other students or attending meetings. You can request an appointment by email or phone.

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6. Upload a current, conservative, professional photo here for your student ID badge. Please make sure the photo follows the HR530d Dress Code Policy above. No hats, sunglasses, facial piercings or tattoos are allowed.

  Upload Photo for Your ID Badge

Student/Observer Dropbox

Use the link below to submit observer forms and/or immunization records to the student coordinator.

  Student/Observer Dropbox