Transitions LifeCare is committed to providing outstanding learning opportunities to future healthcare leaders and providers. We believe that by exposing students to first-hand experiences with patients and families facing serious life-limiting or terminal illness, we can de-myth and de-mystify common misconceptions many have about death and end-of-life care.
Transitions LifeCare has received national recognition as a high quality, leading provider of palliative and end-of-life care serving over 6,000 families annually in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Over 130 students are selected annually to participate as visitors or interns to see first-hand how an interdisciplinary team provides high quality, compassionate, patient-centered care in our community.
We offer two types of student experiences:
- Visitor (Shadowing): a student who shadows and observes our staff doing their daily work. Visitor opportunities range from one to five days and can be either clinical or non-clinical/administrative. The student observes only and provides no direct patient contact or care.
- Intern: a student with a learning experience longer than five days. Internships may last a semester or up to one year, depending on the student's program and goals. Each internship is unique, and interns are selected on a case-by-case basis depending on the student's goals and staff availability to meet those goals.
- Clinical Academic Intern: the student visits patients and may or may not provide direct hands-on patient care.
- Administrative Academic Intern: the student assists with administrative and office projects and does not visit patients or provide patient care.
Visitors are required to complete the Student Application and the HIPAA/Confidentiality Form.
Internships are limited and competitive, and priority placement is given to students from pre-approved schools and programs. Click here to see if your school is pre-approved.
All students interested in an internship must complete the Student Application. Upon review of the application, a representative from Transition LifeCare's Education department will contact you.
Sometimes, we have specific needs to fill. Check here to see our current opportunities.
Tips & Expectations
Be on time.
Do not keep your preceptor/instructor waiting.
No cell phones.
Leave your phone with your personal belongings outside of patient areas and on silent/vibrate during patient observations. Only make calls during non-work times – like break or lunch. Let family and friends know not to call you during work hours unless it's an emergency.
Do not touch patients or equipment.
Always follow instructions.
Pay attention to the person you are shadowing or observing and follow their instructions.
Observe proper hygiene measures.
Wash your hands frequently. If you have a fever, cough, or other illness, do not do patient visits. Call your preceptor and let them know you are ill.
Bring your lunch.
Bring a packed lunch or lunch money as instructed by your preceptor.
Clothes must be professional and clean. Wear closed-toe shoes; no flip-flops or sandals. No jeans, sweatpants, tank tops, short skirts, or shorts. You will be asked to leave if you are not dressed appropriately.
Wear your ID badge.
Wear your identification badge prominently at all times during your observation experience. Patients and families have the right to refuse having students present, so do not be offended if you are asked to remain outside during a visit.
Be courteous to all people at all times. Don't interrupt professionals when they are speaking with patients or others.
You are here to learn, so ask questions! Be sensitive to the setting and who is present when asking questions. It is helpful to keep an index card and pen with you to jot down questions if they may be inappropriate in the presence of patients or families.
Do not socially engage with patients or families.
Do not initiate or accept patient's or families' invitations to engage in social or social media relationships. Professional boundaries and confidentiality are strictly enforced.
Thank your preceptor!
This is an uncompensated activity that extremely busy professionals offer you, so send them a simple note of thanks after you complete your experience.