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.

Health Professions Shadowing Information

Why Healthcare Experience?

Borgess Hospital - Kalamazoo

Job Shadow / Volunteer

Bronson Hospital - Kalamazoo

Job Shadow


Holland Hospital

Job Shadow / Volunteer

Mary Free Bed - Grand Rapids

Brian Weemhoff
Volunteer Services Coordinator
Office: (616) 840.8667 or 800.528.8989
Fax: (616) 840.9758
Email: [email protected]

Job Shadow / Volunteer

*Please note: Mary Free Bed does NOT offer volunteering or job shadowing in Sonography or Radiation Therapy.


The Medical Team Hospice


Mercy Health

Grand Rapids & Muskegon

Job Shadow
Kaslena Hussey-OTE/HR Specialist
[email protected]


Metro Health - Grand Rapids

Job Shadow



North Ottawa Community Hospital - Grand Haven

Job Shadow / Volunteer

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.

Job Shadow


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.

Railside Assisted Living Center

Sheldon Meadows Assisted Living Center


Homewatch Care Givers

Darlene Alviar
Manager, Business Operations
Office: (616) 975.1980
Cell: (616) 450.5586
Fax: (616) 942.1561



Porter Hills

Lindsey Helmer
Talent Acquisition & Training Specialist
Office: (616) 965.9569
Fax: (616) 942.6410
Email: [email protected]



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.

Nidya Zepik
Administrative Assistant 
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.


Hope Network

Nanci Lubinski - Centralized Hiring Manager
E: [email protected]


Whitney Townsend - Clinical/Professional Recruiter
E: [email protected]

Community Service Learning Center - Volunteer Database

Service Tracker

HFHC - Holland Free Health Clinic

Kimberly Jennings
Program Coordinator

Holland Free Health Clinic
[email protected]
Phone: (616) 392-3610  ext 201
Fax: (616) 392-3632 


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