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Students Secure Spring-Summer Co-ops

February 15, 2016

In less than two months, another round of co-operative education students will embark on their six- month-long professional journeys focused on sampling careers in the health professions and nursing. For some, this will be their first go-round. For others, this could be another step toward landing a job post-graduation.

Let’s meet some of the students who will enter the workforce this spring:

Rachel Bernhardt ‘17

A junior focused on Physical Therapy in the Health Sciences program, Rachel will complete her co-op at Jefferson University Hospital as a Physical Therapy Aide. Her position will focus on assisting therapists with patients, room set-up, vital signs, exercises and clean-ups.

“I knew for a fact I wanted to work in a hospital setting and Jefferson is one of the top-ranked hospitals for rehabilitation. The job also offers lots of patient contact hours which I could not be more excited about!”

Molly Girard ‘17

A junior in the Behavioral Health Counseling program, Molly will complete her co-op at the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment as a Rehabilitation Services Intern. Her position includes assisting psychotherapists with group therapy serving children, adolescents, adults and eating disorder patients in the Rehabilitative Services Department.

“I became interested in Belmont because of the opportunity to work directly with patients in group therapy sessions. I hope to learn more about counseling diverse populations and clients with a variety of different diagnoses.”

Abby Warner ‘17

A junior completing her third and final co-op in the 5-year Nursing program, Abby will head to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center to work in the Trauma Surgical Intensive Care Unit. She will be part of a team that cares for patients who have sustained complex trauma related injuries, neurovascular procedures and neuro-trauma, thoracic, vascular and general surgical procedures requiring care beyond the capabilities of a general surgical floor.

“This job piqued my interest as an opportunity to work in critical care, specifically with trauma and surgical patients. The patient population requires complex, multi-system management, and I think prioritization will be a key skill for me to improve on. I will definitely learn how to work efficiently in emergency circumstances, and I hope to strengthen my assessment skills with the help of the nurses on my unit.”

Madison Young ‘17

A junior in the Health Services Administration program, Madison heads to the University of Pennsylvania to work as an Immunization and Insurance Compliance Clerk. In her role Madison will assist students with understanding their insurance policies and immunization records, and will manage reports and data for administrator’s in the Student Health Insurance Department.

“What interested me about this position was the opportunity to work with students, health professionals, doctors and nurses. I hope to learn about the business side of healthcare, and gain a better idea of what kind of career I’d like to pursue post-graduation.”

Emily Monnoleto ‘17

A junior in the Nutrition and Foods program, Emily heads to the Abramson Cancer Center at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania to work as a Clinical Nutrition Quality Improvement Assistant. Emily will join a project focused on improving nutrition for patients being treated with chemotherapy by interviewing specific groups using a validated screening tool to identify malnutrition.

“I’m very interested in clinical nutrition and oncology, and hope to widen my knowledge of both during my co-op. I’m looking forward to gaining more experience by working with patients in a research project that could make an impact on the cancer center.”