Government Offices, Law Enforcement and Hospitals appreciate shadows

Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2003

From law enforcement agencies in need of recruits, to hospitals facing future nursing shortages or government offices in need of trained employees, the enthusiastic response to the Job Shadow program in the Central Peninsula last week was unanimous. "Recruitment has been a problem for us the last 4 or 5 years, we're struggling with it and we have directives from our commissioners to actively recruit, so having these shadows is very helpful," said Sgt. Glenn Godfrey with the Alaska State Troopers division of Wildlife Protection.

At Central Peninsula General Hospital, KCHS junior Lindsey Taylor had the opportunity to shadow CPGH nurse Susan Haman and care for a newborn baby, "This has been very interesting and I'm learning that there're a lot of different medical careers that I might be able to get into. This day has shown me what nursing is all about, and now I'm hoping to take the nursing certification class that's coming up at KPC," said Taylor. Nurse Haman was encouraged to have a student shadow her that might pursue nursing someday, "We're feeling the nursing shortage here and have a lot of travel nurses coming here from Anchorage. This is an opportunity for those of us in the nursing field to encourage students to get started on their nursing education so they can come back and work with us," said Haman.

Borough Mayor Dale Bagley said that one of the most important parts of his job as the Borough's Chief Executive Officer was people management and making sure that the Borough had good people in place as department heads. The Mayor's shadow, Nick Boyle found the behind the scenes workings of government very interesting, "I got to learn a lot of things that you don't really see going on, but are important in the way our community operates," said Boyle, who hopes to have an executive position someday. Speaking during a radio interview Kamela Brewer of KCHS summed up her day by saying, "On behalf of myself and the other 149 juniors at KCHS I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in our community that took the time away from their busy schedules to help us have an experience in the real world."

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