Saying Goodbye at Your Clinical Site
With our first affiliations ending on Thursday, there's been a lot of buzz within my class about the standard "departure procedure" from a clinical site. No one really knows what to expect. There's been a bit of debate regarding whether or not we're expected to have a gift, card or something of that nature for our clinical instructors, but most of my classmates seem to think that at least a small present is warranted.
From what I can remember, the students who came to the clinic where I used to work showed up with at least a card. At the same time, I think most of them had a positive experience, which I think is an important factor. My classmates and I talked about this a lot - whether or not your experience dictates the kind of gratitude you show at the end. For the most part, we've all enjoyed our placements. But there are a few people who were not satisfied with their affiliations. For them, I don't really know what to think. On one hand, I think you should show appreciation for the learning experience, even if it wasn't ideal. On the other hand, there are some clinical instructors who did not provide a positive learning environment, and I'm not sure I would want to "thank" somebody for that.
The other conversation we had was whether or not going to a "goodbye" happy hour was acceptable. I'm torn on that one too. I don't necessarily think it's inappropriate, but there are probably better ways to say "goodbye." Even though I think it could be fun, I'm not sure I would do it.