The Genesis program is a first-of-its-kind initiative that will provide those interested in healthcare careers the opportunity to learn what it is like to work at Sanford Health.
Participants will participate in a four-week paid, full-time rotational experience that includes three different jobs. Genesis’ goal is to encourage community members to witness the health care provider’s mission, vision and values through their work at Sanford.
“This can be a new beginning for many people,” said Courtney Sneller, executive director of talent acquisition at Sanford Health. “It will allow individuals to branch out and take career steps that they may have never had the courage to take until now. Now they can do that and feel supported in doing so.”
Here’s how it works:
Upon joining the scheme, apprentices will have the opportunity to choose three jobs from 10 options and work on each job for a week. Following the five days of work, there will be a ‘wrap-up’ day between jobs so that both the apprentice and the mentor they are shadowing can provide feedback.
Subject to mentor approval, participants will have the opportunity to accept employment in their department within one month of their stay in the program.
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“Ultimately, it’s a try-before-you-buy experience for people who participate,” said Caitlin Eigenberg, talent acquisition administrator at Sanford Health. “It’s mutually beneficial for both parties as the candidate gets to see how the department works and the mentor gets to know the apprentice.”
Candidates can become familiar with day-to-day responsibilities and possible future teammates. They can get a feel for what it’s like to work at Sanford and learn if there’s a job that’s right for them. Meanwhile, the mentor will guide the apprentice through the process.
“Our ideal candidate is a community member with some work experience who truly wants to start a new career,” Eggenberg said. “That’s why we named it ‘Genesis.’ We really want to start a career for people who may not yet know what our healthcare field is like or may not think they have the qualities or attributes for a healthcare role .”
Part of the value of the Genesis program is that it broadens the definition of participation in health care.
“Participants will realize that there is more than one way to play a role in caring for people — not just in the clinical realm,” Sneller said. “It could be behind the scenes or in the front office helping our nurses and doctors. It’s a unique program designed to give people the opportunity to get multiple job offers to start a new career.”
Participants will choose from the following jobs in the program:
- Maintenance mechanic
- Patient transfer vehicle
- patient access representative
- security guard
- laboratory assistant
- Logistics technician
- dialysis technician
- Durable medical equipment experts
- Pharmacy Technician
- Assistant Sterile Processing Technician
Candidates with a high school diploma are preferred but not required.
“Entering healthcare can be intimidating if you haven’t been involved in it before,” said Miranda Pfund, talent acquisition analyst at Sanford Health. “For some people, they’re going to be wondering how to get started.”
In designing this project, Pfund was an important part of an effort that began with discussions about how to adapt the healthcare internship model to an audience that may not have attended college.
How can people looking for something different best handle the challenges of starting a new career, regardless of age and circumstances? What would that hold them back? How will they remove these barriers at Sanford?
“We’re interested in providing this opportunity to all walks of life,” Pfund said. “Maybe it’s for a stay-at-home parent who wants to re-enter the workforce, or a worker who wants to leave a job that’s physically demanding. It’s for a variety of different community members — that’s the message we want to get across.”
Extensive research and collaboration between departments was necessary to launch the initiative, which organizers hope will be expanded upon completion of the pilot work.
“Our team worked really hard on this project and I think it’s going to impact our community,” Sneller said. “I’m excited to see the potential it has in our other markets as well. I haven’t seen any programs like this anywhere. It’s great that we are able to offer these opportunities.”
Interested individuals are encouraged to visit the Sanford Careers website to learn more about applying to become a Genesis apprentice.
“We want people to know that our positions at Sanford do not require a higher education and no health care experience is required,” Eggenberg said. “If you want to help others and serve a greater purpose, this is the program for you.”
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