Job Shadowing at Premier Health

Are you interested in a career in healthcare? Premier Health offers opportunities for students to learn about a variety of health care careers in clinical and non-clinical settings, or for the college student to obtain experiences for degree requirements.

The job shadowing program pairs up a student with a health care professional to observe everyday skills, responsibilities, and communication while performing in a patient care environment. Opportunities to observe clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals are available in the following areas:

  • Nursing
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Imaging
  • Physical or Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Hospital Administration
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Plant Operations/Facilities Services
  • Environmental Services

Who Can Participate? 

Any individual 14 years of age and older, is eligible to job shadow. To job shadow in the emergency department or surgery, individuals must be 16 years of age.

High school students deciding on a career path who want to observe a professional doing everyday activities, may apply for a one-time, four-hour job shadow. 

High school and college students needing to meet requirements to enter an academic program of study may apply for a multi-day job shadow.

Why Consider a Health Care Profession?

  • To make a difference in the quality of life and care of patients
  • To be a part of a team and family-oriented environment
  • To have the opportunity to meet new people every day
  • To work in a high technology/fast-paced field with state-of-the-art equipment

What Will I Learn?

The Job Shadow Program is an observation-only experience in a select department within Premier Health based on availability. The participant will have an opportunity to observe and interact with a health care worker as they go about their daily activities. Hands-on patient care isn’t part of the job shadow experience and will not be permitted.

Who is a Preceptor?

You will be assigned to an experienced professional in your area of interest who enjoys working with students. The preceptor is an expert in their field who is willing to share career information and review what a typical day in their life looks like.

The purpose of the job shadow experience is to foster an awareness of the skills required for a specific career and to experience health care culture.

How Do I Apply?

Thank you for your interest in job shadowing at Premier Health. Applications must be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to the first date requested to job shadow. Please allow 1 – 2 weeks for your application to be reviewed. Questions can be directed to jobshadowing@premierhealth.com

Apply for a Job Shadow Experience:

  • Review of the High School or Academic (College) Brochure
  • Complete the Job Shadow Application 
  • Documentation of the following is required
  • Influenza vaccination (shadow experiences between October 1 and March 31)
  • MMR, Hepatitis B, Tdap and Varicella vaccinations
  • Current TB test: either T-spot, a 2-step TB test, QuantiFERON or chest x-ray

All job shadowing opportunities are located within Southwest Ohio.

Once the application and documentation is complete, please forward the information to jobshadowing@premierhealth.com. Incomplete paperwork may exempt a student from shadowing that quarter. 

What are the Roles and Responsibilities of the Student?

The student should come prepared for the job shadow experience like it is the first day on a new job. The student should arrive to shadow with baseline knowledge of the career, questions for the preceptor, and a willingness to explore possibilities. For a full list of responsibilities, please refer to page three of the Job Shadow Orientation Brochure.

Sending a request for a job shadow experience does not guarantee that one will be available.

Students may be asked to leave while job shadowing due to unforeseen circumstances. If this happens, attempts will be made to try to reschedule the job shadow.

For More Information

If you have any questions about job shadowing opportunities located in Southwest Ohio at Premier Health, please send an email to jobshadowing@premierhealth.com.