Job Shadowing FAQs

After job shadowing I became ill

If you become ill with a high fever, influenza, chicken pox, measles, tuberculosis, MRSA or some other communicable disease within 48 hours of participating in job shadowing please contact immediately.

It is very important that we notify all appropriate individuals in an effort to prevent a potentially harmful outbreak that would threaten the health of our patients as well as our healthcare workers.

Where do turn in my application form?

Please return your signed application and confidentiality form on the day of your job shadow so that we may verify signatures. If you are under 19 years of age, your parent or legal guardian must sign the forms. Download the application form here.

I want to send a thank you card or program feedback

Please send a card to the address below and it will be forwarded to the appropriate department.

Office of Health Professions Education
Attention: Job Shadow 
986448 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-6448

Are there certain areas that do not accept job shadowing students?

Yes. Patient care areas that serve high-risk patients do not accept job shadowing students regardless of your level of education or training. Some examples of high-risk areas include (but are not limited to): Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Adult Crisis Unit (ACU), Surgical or Interventional Procedure areas, Pre-Operative and Post- Anesthesia Care Units, Hematology and Oncology, Transplant, and Labor and Delivery Units. Shadowing applications for all other areas are subject to manager approval.

How far in advance should I submit my application?

The job shadowing request should be submitted at least two months prior to your deadline for completion of a job shadow. Please allow this much time in advance of any schoolwork, project deadlines or school application requirements.

Will this job shadowing fulfill a requirement of my medical education program?

No. Job Shadowing is a one-time, observation only experience lasting two to four hours. No patient care will be allowed and therefore, no real clinical experience is obtained.

I am younger than 19. Do my parents need to sign the application?

Yes. If you are under the age of 19, your parent or legal guardian must sign the job shadowing application in order for you to participate. You will be required to turn in a signed parental consent form on the day of your shadow.

I had a negative experience during job shadowing. Who should I contact?

We want to hear your feedback as it is an integral piece of our performance assessment. Please contact and give details of your experience. Someone will be in touch with you to discuss your concerns.

I am sick the day I am scheduled to job shadow, who can I contact?

Please contact your facilitator and ask to reschedule your appointment. Please do not risk exposing patients or staff to illness. Individuals who are visibly ill will not be permitted to do a job shadowing and will be sent home.

Can I wear scrubs or lap coats that I already own?

No. Scrubs and lab coats are reserved for members of the care provider team. Job shadowing students are here for observational purposes only and should never be misrepresented as a health-care provider, regardless of their level of education or training. If special attire is required for your protection, the department will issue these garments to you.

I have turned in my application, what is the next step?

Someone will review your online application to be sure you have included all required information. Once reviewed, requests will be directed to the department you have indicated. The department will contact you directly to set up a shadowing experience.