Health Care Exploration
Planning Ahead for a Career in Health Care
MultiCare supports the interest of community members in a health care career. The health care field offers a variety of opportunities that provide a very secure and comfortable future. Programs such as Nurse Camp for high school students, hospital and clinic based volunteering and job shadows offer opportunities for those interested in a particular area of the medical field to explore their options.
Job Shadows: Job Shadows are offered at many of our facilities and in many different units. We are able to offer observation with nursing staff within our inpatient units at Mary Bridge, Tacoma General, Allenmore and Good Samaritan hospitals as well as some of our outpatient clinics.
If you are seeking a job shadow as a school entrance requirement for any of the following programs: Radiology, Ultrasound, CT, Cath Lab, Respiratory Therapy or OT/PT, please contact Karen Foreman in Student Services. She can be contacted by email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Placement must be a requirement for college classes or entrance into a college program and is only possible when space is available.
For all other job shadow participation, applicants must first make a commitment to volunteer for MultiCare Health System. If you are applying to volunteer in a hospital or clinic, we ask that you make a 100 hour commitment to volunteer. This requires that you volunteer approximately 4 hours per week for 6 months. The amount of commitment will depend on availability of placement and the area you are interested in volunteering. Once a volunteer has completed the first 60 hours of their commitment, they will be eligible to job shadow in our system.
This level of commitment will ensure that the job shadow candidate has a deeper understanding of healthcare and a richer experience as volunteers are able to perform duties while job shadows are limited to observation only. When you have completed the first 60 hours of your volunteer commitment, you can contact Valerie Hollister in Volunteer Services who will assist you with the steps for job shadows.
Nurse Camp: Exposes high school students (currently in their Sophomore or Junior years of high school when applying) to a variety of health care careers and the nursing profession through hands-on learning and job shadowing. Nurse Camp is a week-long event that runs 8:30 am to 4:00 pm for four days in mid-July. At Nurse Camp, students shadow professional nurses and other allied health care providers as they care for patients in select areas of the hospital. Students learn surgical procedure, participate in mock emergencies, and visit local nursing and allied health colleges and universities. The students get a firsthand, behind the scenes look at the multi-faceted world of health care. Nurse Camp offers a week of education, observation and participation in the daily activities of professional nurses and health care professionals. We strive for a diverse and representative class each year to increase our health care professional diversity and better serve our community. 2014 camp information will be posted in January.
Medical Explorers Post #647: MultiCare no longer offers this service, to learn more about this program please visit Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps at www.tpchd.org/mrc or you can email with questions.