Healthcare Career Community


The Healthcare Community revolves around professions that directly impact others, clinically and non-clinically. Do you enjoy serving others?  Are you in interested in assisting in making the world a better place? These passions and skills can be explored by learning about various opportunities within this community. Examples of jobs you will learn about in this community include nurse, physician assistant, health recruiter, therapist, dentist, healthcare administrator, and more. To receive a monthly newsletter with targeted career information related to this community be sure to join the Healthcare Community.


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Healthcare Career Community

There are many ways to enter the field of healthcare. Here are a few major guides with information about internship/volunteer sites, job titles, and skills relevant to these clinical areas. A complete listing of major guides can be found at

There are many ways to enter the field of healthcare. Here are a few major guides with information about internship sites, job titles, and skills relevant to these non-clinical areas. A complete listing of major guides can be found at

Hospitals and healthcare organizations are like many other businesses and have people working in accounting and finance, human resources and volunteer management, information technology, security and more!

See what alumni are doing

Healthcare Spotlights

Melissa Vanderwiel '01 Spotlight

Melissa Vanderwiel '01

My favorite memories are the Kistler 3K ('95/'96), Friends & Euchre nights, ABX Sorority, and getting lavaliered by Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity.

Justin Ruehs '00 Spotlight

Justin Ruehs '00

As a transfer student from Grand Rapids Community College and a commuter, I was so proud to have been elected to lead as the President of GVSU's chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

Emma Wallace '14 Spotlight

Emma Wallace '14

My favorite memories of GVSU are living in the Honors College dorms my freshmen year and all the new, lasting friendships I developed while living there, leading the Future Alumni Association and attending the CASE ASAP Conference at MSU with the e-board.

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View active postings related to this community

1/19/22 Medical Assistant for job 5881008
Expires: 3/1/22

1/19/22 New Graduate RN Residency Program at AMITA Health for job 5876559
AMITA Health - AMITA Health
Expires: 2/21/22

1/14/22 Student Nurse Intern II for job 5859600
Barbara Ann Karmanos
Expires: 2/18/22

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Attend Events to Learn More

Career Community- Healthcare

Resume Review Day with Industry Professionals

January 31, 2022 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sign up to have your resume reviewed by industry professionals! This is your chance to get valuable feedback from employers including tips on formatting, content, and how to translate your course...

Career Fair Prep Event

February 14, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Nervous about attending the GVSU Virtual Career & Internship Fair? Never attended a virtual fair before? Not sure what to expect? Join GVSU Career Center staff as we go over the Handshake Virtual...

How to Find an Internship

February 16, 2022 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Whether or not your academic program requires it, internships are an essential part of your experience at GVSU. Learn the nuts and bolts of searching, applying and succeeding in an internship experience....

Resume Review Day with Industry Professionals

February 18, 2022 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Sign up to have your resume reviewed by industry professionals! This is your chance to get valuable feedback from employers including tips on formatting, content, and how to translate your course...

Virtual GVSU Winter Career & Internship Fair 2022

February 24, 2022 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Meet with employers looking to hire for internship and full-time opportunities, and/or explore careers! Virtual career fairs are online 'events' that allow employers and students to meet in...

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Meet Your Healthcare Career Advisors

Stephanie Dombrowski

Meet me during my CareerLab drop-in hours on Fridays from 11am - 4pm in 200 STU!

Stephanie Jensen

Office Address: 200 Student Services
Phone: (616) 331-3311

Stephanie is a Career Advisor who works with students, faculty, and employers in the natural and hard sciences and health related programs. 

Lisa Orlando

Meet me during my CareerLab drop-in hours on Wednesdays from 11am - 4pm in 101B DeVos!

Lisa Orlando

Office Address: 101B DeVos
Phone: (616) 331-6708

Lisa is a career advisor who works with students, faculty, and staff in the health and science programs. She also works with students and prospective students in the LEADS program. 

Meghan Veltri

Meet me during my CareerLab drop-in hours on Tuesdays from 11am - 4pm in 200 STU!

Meghan Veltri

Office Address: 200 Student Services
Phone: (616) 331-3311

Meghan is a career advisor who works with students, faculty, and staff in the health and science programs. She also helps students parallel plan as they seek entrance into competitive programs. 

Be career ready!

Regardless of what you do and where you land, employers across industries and disciplines all agree that it is important for learners to be career ready. Below are 8 key competencies that can help you get to where you want to go. For further information on these, please visit the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Career Readiness Competencies

Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization.


  • Show an awareness of own strengths and areas for development.
  • Identify areas for continual growth while pursuing and applying feedback.
  • Develop plans and goals for one’s future career.
  • Professionally advocate for oneself and others.
  • Display curiosity; seek out opportunities to learn.
  • Assume duties or positions that will help one progress professionally.
  • Establish, maintain, and/or leverage relationships with people who can help one professionally.
  • Seek and embrace development opportunities.
  • Voluntarily participate in further education, training, or other events to support one’s career.

Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.


  • Understand the importance of and demonstrate verbal, written, and non-verbal/body language, abilities.
  • Employ active listening, persuasion, and influencing skills.
  • Communicate in a clear and organized manner so that others can effectively understand.
  • Frame communication with respect to diversity of learning styles, varied individual communication abilities, and cultural differences.
  • Ask appropriate questions for specific information from supervisors, specialists, and others.
  • Promptly inform relevant others when needing guidance with assigned tasks.

Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.


  • Make decisions and solve problems using sound, inclusive reasoning and judgment.
  • Gather and analyze information from a diverse set of sources and individuals to fully understand a problem.
  • Proactively anticipate needs and prioritize action steps.
  • Accurately summarize and interpret data with an awareness of personal biases that may impact outcomes.
  • Effectively communicate actions and rationale, recognizing the diverse perspectives and lived experiences of stakeholders.
  • Multi-task well in a fast-paced environment.

Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures, and policies of racism.


  • Solicit and use feedback from multiple cultural perspectives to make inclusive and equity-minded decisions.
  • Actively contribute to inclusive and equitable practices that influence individual and systemic change.
  • Advocate for inclusion, equitable practices, justice, and empowerment for historically marginalized communities.
  • Seek global cross-cultural interactions and experiences that enhance one’s understanding of people from different demographic groups and that leads to personal growth.
  • Keep an open mind to diverse ideas and new ways of thinking.
  • Identify resources and eliminate barriers resulting from individual and systemic racism, inequities, and biases.
  • Demonstrate flexibility by adapting to diverse environments.
  • Address systems of privilege that limit opportunities for members of historically marginalized communities.

Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.


  • Inspire, persuade, and motivate self and others under a shared vision.
  • Seek out and leverage diverse resources and feedback from others to inform direction.
  • Use innovative thinking to go beyond traditional methods.
  • Serve as a role model to others by approaching tasks with confidence and a positive attitude.
  • Motivate and inspire others by encouraging them and by building mutual trust.
  • Plan, initiate, manage, complete and evaluate projects.

Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.


  • Act equitably with integrity and accountability to self, others, and the organization.
  • Maintain a positive personal brand in alignment with organization and personal career values.
  • Be present and prepared.
  • Demonstrate dependability (e.g., report consistently for work or meetings).
  • Prioritize and complete tasks to accomplish organizational goals.
  • Consistently meet or exceed goals and expectations.
  • Have an attention to detail, resulting in few if any errors in their work.
  • Show a high level of dedication toward doing a good job.

Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.


  • Listen carefully to others, taking time to understand and ask appropriate questions without interrupting.
  • Effectively manage conflict, interact with and respect diverse personalities, and meet ambiguity with resilience.
  • Be accountable for individual and team responsibilities and deliverables.
  • Employ personal strengths, knowledge, and talents to complement those of others.
  • Exercise the ability to compromise and be agile.
  • Collaborate with others to achieve common goals.
  • Build strong, positive working relationships with supervisor and team members/coworkers.

Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.


  • Navigate change and be open to learning new technologies.
  • Use technology to improve efficiency and productivity of their work.
  • Identify appropriate technology for completing specific tasks.
  • Manage technology to integrate information to support relevant, effective, and timely decision-making.
  • Quickly adapt to new or unfamiliar technologies.
  • Manipulate information, construct ideas, and use technology to achieve strategic goals.