Lakeland Health Care


Interested in shadowing a health care provider in a health care setting. An Observer is typically on site for 8 hours or less.

Lakeland HealthCare welcomes and encourages students and observers to participate in both structured and observational experiences throughout the organization. Thank you for taking the time to review these important guidelines to ensure the best experience for both you and our patients at Lakeland HealthCare.

Please review and fill out the forms below:

Observer Orientation Handbook
Observer Overview
High Performance Culture
Observer Orientation Completion Form (Please print, sign, & bring to Observation site)
Observer Application form
Observer Parent/Guardian Consent (Please print and secure signatures if needed)
Observer Agreement (Please print, sign, & bring to Observation site)
Reference Guide & Requirements for Observers

Basic documentation:
  • Orientation Handbook
  • Orientation completion form :
    • Orientation Agreement
    • Patient Safety Commitment
    • High-Performance Commitment
    • Confidentiality Statement
  • Observer Application
  • Parental consent if <18 yrs old


  • If observational experience will exceed 16 hours, the observer will complete the student requirements to include proof of additional hours needed, immunizations, drug screen, and background check.
  • If observer is not affiliated with a school system, they must adhere to the student process to include 5 panel drug screen and criminal background checks.
  • Influenza – required for placement that will occur during flu season; October 1st – April 30th

Fingerprint Information: If a observer will have regular, ongoing, or direct access to any of the patient/resident populations listed below for 120 hours or more, they will be required to obtain fingerprints prior to beginning clinical privileges:

  • Lakeland Specialty Hospital, Berrien Center
  • Lakeland Continuing Care Center, St. Joseph
  • Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph-Psychiatric Services
  • Lakeland Homecare
  • Lakeland Hospice

For further questions on the fingerprint process, contact Rita Brandt, Recruitment Manager at or (269) 927-5187

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