PSW112 - Facility Field Placement

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Subject Title
Facility Field Placement

Subject Description
This is the first field placement of the Personal Support Worker program that students are required to complete. It is designed to provide the student with practical experiences, which encourage the application of theory learned in the classroom and Skills Laboratory. These experiences take place in a long term care setting and include precepted application of knowledge and acquired skills.  Field placements involve the use of problem solving approaches as well as integration of communication and team member behaviours.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Personal Support Worker program will be awarded upon completion of clinical practice. Students unable to complete the requirements within the term which he /she is registered may, with permission, be granted the privilege to complete outstandng hours in the following term.
Students may not proceed to PSW109 until they have successfully completed PSW112 in its entirety.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Apply the theory learned in the classroom to the field placement area by using the foundations of effective decision making
  2. Further reinforce basic skills through clinical practice
  3. Implement safe care for approximately two to four six clients depending on the complexity of care required
  4. Set priorities according to own client assignment and demonstrate flexibility in resetting priorities when necessary
  5. Initiate care, exhibiting responsibility, professionalism and reliability
  6. Exhibit effective time management skills and work habits
  7. Communicate clearly to the appropriate team member
  8. Identify and respond to physical and emotional needs of his/her assigned clients

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

All of the following must be completed:

1.  Completion of all Module 1 courses 
2.  BCLS level C and Standard First Aid - (CPR911 or equivalent)
3.  Attendance at mandatory pre-placement conference 
4.  A completed Seneca medical certificate 
5.  Criminal record screen (Vulnerable Sector Screening) 

Topic Outline

1. Assess Client's Needs
  • Collects pertinent data from available sources, including taking change-of-shift report
  • Describes basic physical and psychosocial needs of the client
  • Recognizes obvious changes in these basic needs
  • Explains basic principles of skills
  • Adapts to age, culture and different diseases 
2. Plan Client Care
  • Begins to think in advance, predict and manage problems
  • With guidance, utilizes the client care plan and shift report to determine appropriate client care and goals for the shift 
  • With assistance, sets priorities to reach these goals 
  • Gives rationale for care provided 
  • Locates and uses suitable supplies and equipment in provision of client care 
3. Implement Client Care Plan 
  • Methodical - works in reasonable time 
  • Organizes work assignments and with guidance, set principles based on client's needs
  • Identifies changes in priorities and with guidance reorganize care accordingly 
  • Performs skills utilizing proper techniques and principles 
  • Implements care, providing for the safety and well-being of the client 
  • Communicates with client - empathetic and appropriate to age 
4. Evaluate
  • Assess effectiveness of care given 
  • Assist with the development of alternative interventions and approaches as necessary 
5. Roles as Team Member
  • Adheres to school/agency policies concerning dress code and illness 
  • Is punctual and reliable in reporting to the clinical facility 
  • Is accountable for own actions 
  • Consistently maintains the expected standard of performance with or without supervision 
  • Initiates active problem solving 
  • Recognizes the need for help and guidance and seeks it from appropriate personnel 
  • Reports errors immediately to appropriate health care team member 
  • Uses direction and maintains confidentiality with information
  • Presents detailed individualized verbal and written report to the team

Mode of Instruction

1.   Practical experience 
2.   Scheduled discussions or meetings with Seneca Faculty Supervisor 

Prescribed Texts

* Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker by Sheila Sorrentino, Elsevier Canada (3rd edition)
* Mosby's Workbook to Accompany Mosby's Textbook for the Support Worker by Sheila Sorrentino, Elsevier Canada (3rd edition)

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Criteria for evaluation of the student in the clinical setting will be based on satisfactory performance of expected behaviours as outlined in the Field Placement Evaluation Report. 
A skills checklist will also be provided for each student.  This list contains the skills that P.S.W students will be expected to perform.  In addition, the checklist will assist in the learning process, by providing a record for the student and the instructor .  This record can be utilized in the selection of appropriate assignments and in identifying the student's strength and areas where more practice is required. 
It is recognized that not all students will have the opportunity to practice every skill that is listed in the Skills Checklist.  However, it is expected that they will be knowledgeable in the basic principles. 
Written Assignments will be included. 

Grading Scheme 

1)  In all areas of the expected behaviours, the student's performance is safe and at the expected level of performance for the particular point in the program.  
2)  Assignments are completed and meet the expectation of the course.
1) The student's performance pattern is inadequate in one or more areas of the areas of expected behaviour.                                    
2) Unsatisfactory assignments and attendance concerns.

Midterm and Final Progress Report

In order to successfully complete the PSW 112 field placement experience, a student must SATISFACTORILY complete all criteria in the evaluation.   Halfway through the placement, a student will receive a mid-term evaluation. At the end of the placement a student who receives a  SATISFACTORY GRADE  will successfully have completed PSW112 field placement.

Attendance is mandatory.

Approved by: Lisa Somers