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Mission/Goals and Measured Outcomes
The mission of the internship program is to provide supervised practice learning experiences in order to prepare interns to be competent, entry-level registered dietitians. This is in harmony with the mission and vision statements of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services promising "unwavering dedication to delivering quality service everywhere we are and in everything we do". This is reflected in the professional practice of the dietetic internship faculty. They endorse the purpose and goals of the internship program and are committed to the responsibility of providing quality education for the dietetic interns. They willingly and impartially share their knowledge and skills as they strive to assist and inspire each intern to realize his or her potential as the future of the dietetics profession.
Goals have been established that reflect the ultimate outcomes towards which the program's resources and efforts will be directed. Expected program outcomes with target measures have been established to assess achievement of program goals.
The internship will:
1. Graduate competent, entry-level dietetics practitioners.
2. Produce graduates committed to the dietetics profession.
Interns are generally on duty 40 hours each week. Additional time is required to complete assignments, readings and projects. Interns will be scheduled to work on some weekends, holidays and evenings. Two weeks of vacation are provided.
White uniforms are worn in the production area. Business clothes, with or without lab coats, are worn outside the production area. Interns are required to provide their own white uniform (typically pants and top) and white shoes (tennis shoes are fine). Hairnets must be worn during food preparation and in the food service units.
Interns are evaluated by the faculty dietitians according to standards developed for each phase of the program. Should the intern's performance be consistently unsatisfactory, the interns may be asked to withdraw at any time.
Leave of Absence
Interns may be granted a leave of absence by the director of the Dietetic Internship Program. This leave may not exceed a total of six weeks and the lost experiences/time must be made up.
Benefits and Services
These benefits are subject to change without notice.
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