Hospital Job Shadowing for Willcox High School Students a Success

L-R Jared Wilhelm (NCCH Director of Community Relations), Joshua Collins (Willcox Junior), Rebekah Nobel (Recruitment & Retention Specialist), Aida Tona (Willcox Junior). Not pictured: Selenas Rivas (Willcox Senior), Yasmin Boone (Willcox Senior)

L-R Jared Wilhelm (NCCH Director of Community Relations), Joshua Collins (Willcox Junior), Rebekah Nobel (Recruitment & Retention Specialist), Aida Tona (Willcox Junior). Not pictured: Selenas Rivas (Willcox Senior), Yasmin Boone (Willcox Senior)

Four SEAHEC Willcox Future Health Leaders concluded their first year of the SEAHEC/Northern Cochise Community Hospital (NCCH) Job Shadowing Program on April 1st, 2016. In a debrief with NCCH and SEAHEC staff, students shared their reflections on their first FHL job shadowing experience.

“I got to see many patients. Through this experience I figured out that I liked working with the elderly.”- Aida Tona

SEAHEC and NCCH partnered last year to develop a job shadowing program for junior and senior club participants. The effort was partially funded through a grant from the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona and funds from the Arizona AHEC Program. The pilot was launched in September 2015. Through this experience students were able to shadow doctors, nurses, lab techs and physician assistants, learning about their professions and establishing mentors within their local community. This program greatly contributes to achieving SEAHEC’s mission of “recruiting health providers in rural Arizona” or growing our own health providers. We look forward to our second year in the fall of 2016.
L-R Aida Tona, Selenas Rivas, and Yasmin Boone

L-R Aida Tona, Selenas Rivas, and Yasmin Boone

“I felt very welcomed by the doctors, nurses and staff when I was shadowing. They gave us information on hospital careers and college.”- Joshua Collins

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