Job Shadow / Clinical Observation
What is a job Shadow? Observing a healthcare professional provide care to patients or clients in a clinical setting, such as a hospital, therapy clinic, long term care facility, private practice, and so on. Through clinical observation experiences, you see what the day-to-day responsibilities of a given health career might involve within a given healthcare setting.
How to arrange a job shadow...
- Take advantage of any connections you might have, such as family members, family friends, neighbors, or acquaintances who are members of the profession or who know someone who is in the profession.
- After each time you job shadow a healthcare professional ask if he/she can refer you to someone else in the profession.
- Internet: Visit the website of clinics and hospitals in your area (see links below).
It is critically important that you conduct yourself in a thoroughly professional manner during all interactions with everyone, at all times; you represent both yourself and Grand Valley State University. Remember that the professionals who allow you to shadow are not required to do so, and are essentially doing you a favor.
Borgess Hospital - Kalamazoo
Mary Free Bed - Grand Rapids
Volunteer Services Coordinator
Office: 616.840.8667 or 800.528.8989
*Please note: Mary Free Bed does NOT offer volunteering or job shadowing in Sonography or Radiation Therapy.
Mercy Health - Grand Rapids
Mercy Health - Muskegon
Kaslena Hussey-OTE/HR Specialist
Metro Health - Grand Rapids
North Ottawa Community Hospital - Grand Haven
Spectrum Health - Grand Rapids
To include the following hospitals; Big Rapids Hospital, Blodgett, Butterworth, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Kelsey Hospital, Ludington Hospital, Meijer Hearth Center, Reed City Hospital, Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center, Spectrum Health Regional Cancer Center, United Hospital, Zeeland Hospital.
Heritage Senior Communities
Our student employees gain hands-on experience in patient care, medication administration, patient assessments and care planning using up-to-date technology. They also earn DIRECT PATIENT CARE HOURS which are required for entry into most graduate programs.
We are always looking to add quality team members at Heritage Senior Communities and would welcome the opportunity to meet, in person, to develop this opportunity for your students and the senior residents we serve.
Homewatch Care Givers
Manager, Business Operations
Talent Acquisition & Training Specialist
SarahCare Adult Day Care Centers
We are a day facility for the elderly and adults who require supervision/support throughout the day (for a variety of reasons). We are searching for volunteers to give back, be a friendly face, and lift the spirits of our participants. We would love to have people willing to talk with our participants, help with crafts, BINGO, games, or even to share a special talent (sing/dance/play instrument/ jokes, etc). We are flexible and accommodating to schedules and would love the opportunity to help to build the resumes of current undergraduate/graduate students.
SarahCare Adult Day Care Centers
(616) 530 - 6700
MOKA is a nonprofit charitable organization supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and other disabilities including autism throughout western Michigan (specifically in Muskegon, Ottawa, Kent and Allegan Counties).
ServeGR is a new, local website for connecting people to volunteer opportunities in Grand Rapids. It allows you to search for opportunities within the greater GR area that play to your strengths, passions, and that fit your schedule. Each opportunity lists the time commitment, testimonials, and the steps for getting started.