Health Sciences

Job Shadowing Information

Observation experience is essential for students pursuing a health care career. Job shadowing allows one to preview professions of interest. Observation also allows one to explore a variety of career settings, such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private clinics, and schools. Students can shadow virtually anywhere. You can make arrangements with any professional in your interest area.

Contact the professional, let them know you are a UNK student, and request time to shadow. It may take some time to contact health professionals and set up the shadowing experience so allow at least 1-2 weeks before you would like to actually begin shadowing.

Please read the information found in the tabs below carefully and adhere to dress codes, etiquette tips, and all procedures. Health professionals are very busy so please be respectful of their time and expertise.

Job shadowing allows you to preview an array of professions of your interest and explore a variety of career settings: hospital, rehabilitation center, private clinic, school, etc. Shadowing experience is expected by all professional programs and required by some.

Job Shadowing Information Packet

Long term shadowing opportunities are available for students seriously seeking a particular program. Students may shadow for up to 20 hours at Good Samaritan.

UNK has a limited number of shadowing positions reserved at Good Samaritan Hospital in the areas of physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, and radiography.

Other areas may be available, but positions are not guaranteed. Contact Janice Coon at 865-7091 for availability

Short term shadowing (under 8 hours) is allowed only for professions where other shadowing opportunities outside the hospital setting are not available – such as respiratory therapy and medical technology.

Steps to set up shadowing at Good Samaritan Hospital

  1. Paperwork is required for students to job shadow at Good Samaritan Hospital. Forms can be picked up from the Health Sciences Office.
  2. Contact your advisor to reserve a position; they are on a first come first serve basis. Obtain a student information sheet and a shot verification form (Health Information Sheet). Take the shot form to Student Health to verify your shot records and ask for a copy of your immunization record. Important Note: A TB test within the past 12 months is required for you to shadow. A flu shot may also be required. The Health Information Sheet, including the shot verification form is not necessary for short-term shadowing under 8 hours total.
  3. Mail, deliver, attach to an email, or fax your completed shot verification form, a copy of your immunization record, and the completed student information sheet to Janice Coon in the GSH Education Department a minimum of TWO WEEKS PRIOR to when you would like to begin your shadowing experience. Important Note: Incomplete forms and records will delay your shadowing arrangement.
  4. After Janice has verified your ability to shadow at the hospital, she will provide the information you need to begin your first shadowing experience.

Contact Info for Janice Coon

Good Samaritan Hospital
Education Department - 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 1990
Kearney, NE 68848
Phone: (308) 865-7091
Fax: (308) 865-2950
Email: janicecoon@catholichealth.net

Office Hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

HSCI 125 - Orientation Classes:  Shadowing for Credit

  • You may receive one credit hour for your 40-hour shadowing experience by registering for HSCI 125 Orientation classes. Specific HSCI 125 sections exist for different professions. The course can be repeated in subsequent semesters for additional credit if another 40 hours of shadowing is completed.
  • For students who would like to shadow a variety of professions for 40 hours and receive credit, a more general section of HSCI 125 is available titled “Orientation to Health Sciences”.
  • Shadowing is extremely important, but receiving credit is not required.
  • The shadowing experience can be done anywhere for credit (it does not need to be done in Kearney). An electronic permit must be obtained from the Shadowing Coordinator prior to enrollment in the course and the beginning of the shadowing experience.
  • It is recommended to shadow a variety of settings and different professionals.  Feel free to split the 40 hours among several places.
  • To receive credit, you must keep a detailed journal while shadowing utilizing Blackboard.
  • You and each health care professional you shadow during the 40 hours must fill out evaluation forms.
  • The journal and the evaluations are turned in for grading at the end of the semester or summer.
  • Visit with the Health Science Shadowing Coordinator to obtain the electronic permit and learn how the class must be completed.
  • Register for the credit hour during fall, spring or summer. Please double check when you register to ensure that you appropriately registered for the correct course during the correct term.
  • Copies of the evaluation forms can be found on Blackboard.