Ten Health Train participants began internships at St. Joseph’s Hospital this Monday. By shadowing patient transport and housekeeping staff full-time for two weeks, students gain exposure to the hospital work environment and have an opportunity to showcase their skills and potential to prospective supervisors.
Participants expressed a flurry of feelings in class on Friday:
Although they may face some anxious feelings, participants are well-prepared. Instructor Matt Centore, an ESOL and Adult Basic Educator with Syracuse City School District, has led them through two intensive weeks of classroom preparation in job readiness, interview skills, workplace communications and teamwork. Workforce Development Program Manager Danielle Szabo has liaised with St. Joseph’s staff and helped participants put supports in place for successful internship experiences. I have contributed sessions on long-term wellness strategies, back safety, confidentiality and infection control. We look forward to a final week later this month to reflect on internships, consolidate learning, and introduce OSHA rights and financial literacy.
Most Health Train participants reside on Syracuse’s Northside, within walking distance of St. Joseph’s Hospital. Despite passion and varying levels of experience in healthcare, all confront one or more barriers to employment in this field. Some are single parents faced with economic and educational challenges. Others are New Americans who are learning English as a second, third, or fourth language. Some are foreign-educated clinicians who intend to hone their English skills by working in a healthcare environment while studying for New York State licensing exams.
Those participants who successfully complete internships will be offered per diem positions at St. Joseph’s Hospital, with opportunities for full-time positions within six months of hire.
Please join us in wishing our Health Train participants great success!