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  1. 1. WATCH worksWork Attributes Toward Careers in HealthFor participants of CSIU WATCH Project SPRING 2012My Story: WATCH gives tools needed to succeed“My name is Kim Campbell. I am 20 years My mentor Kim Eroh suggested the WATCHold and I have a fiancée and a 20-month-old program to me and said it could help me withdaughter named Lily. I graduated high school CNA classes.when I was eight months pregnant. My fiancée “I contacted WATCH in July 2011 and beganand I have been together for four years. taking CNA classes the next month through“My parents divorced when I was Harrisburg Area Community Collegesix months old. My mother was a at The Emmanuel Center in Danville.drug addict and an alcoholic. Even “WATCH gave I graduated in September 2011 andthough my mother had five children me the tools passed my exam in November to become(with different fathers), she did not that I needed a Certified Nursing Assistant!have custody of any of her children. I to succeed.” “I started my full-time job as a CNA atlived with my father and my paternal Geisinger Medical Center in Januarygrandparents until I was 14 years old. 2012. I work with patients who have hadI was very close with my grandmother head injuries and also with patients who are recoveringand she became my ‘mom.’ At 14, I moved with my from surgery. Now I have a stable, better paying jobfather, my stepmother and her daughters to another where I can give my family what we need. And athome, away from my grandparents’ house. Geisinger, I can advance in more opportunities to make“When I was 18 years old, I decided to move back to my pay even grandparents’ home. After living there one month, “WATCH gave me the tools that I needed to succeed.I found out that I was pregnant and enrolled in the Because of this, we are able to buy our very first houseCSIU’s Project ELECT, a teen parenting program. Kim and we are planning to get married next year.”Eroh from ELECT was a big help to me during thattime. One month before my daughter was born, my By Kim Campbell, Bloomsburgfiancée and I moved into our own apartment through a Harrisburg Area Community College, CNA Programreferral from Nurse Family Partnership.“My Nurse Family Partnership nurse, Donna, told me in this issueabout some job opportunities at Bloomsburg Hospital.While interviewing for a job, I was told about another Skills employers are looking for.............2position in a doctor’s office as a file clerk. I was hired WATCH participants honored ..............2for a position with Dr. Kathy Baylor who suggested Congratulations, graduates!................3that a CNA license would be helpful in the office. Time management tips.........................4
  2. 2. What skills are employers looking for?Having the knowledge and skills to perform In a recent interview, Dan McGann, directora nursing or emergency medical services job of human resources at SUN Home Health andcorrectly is, of course, a priority for anyone looking Hospice, explained the need for employees withfor work in these healthcare careers. However, effective soft skills and workplace habits:employers are reporting that one of their biggest “The challenge still lies with finding qualityhiring challenges is finding skilled workers who candidates who possess not only the correctalso possess important “soft” and workplace skills. technical skills but also have the right work ethic.“Soft skills” is a term often used to describe Many employers have experienced individuals whopersonal attitudes and work habits that lead to have all the right skills, look great on paper andsuccess in any job. Examples include: successfully complete their training...and then feel• interpersonal or • communication they don’t have to come to work, or don’t have “people” skills (speaking, listening, to be on time. Fortunately, there are few of these and writing) individuals yet one of them who doesn’t work out• team work costs the organization time and money and puts a• accepting feedback • critical thinking burden on other staff members.”These skills are extremely important in jobs where Contact your WATCH Career Coordinator to learnemployees are tasked with providing quality how you can develop the skills that employers areservices to vulnerable individuals like the injured, looking for.or to hospital patients and residents of long-termcare facilities.WATCH participants receive special recognitionTwo recent WATCH graduates received awards at Another WATCH participant was recently recognizedtheir recent commencement activities. by her employer for providing exceptional customer service. Lindsey Schell, Elysburg, received the Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing’s Critical Sandra Andrus, Lock Haven, received two Care Nursing Award and Medicine Nursing Award. awards through Susquehanna Health System’s She was also chosen as a student speaker for employee recognition program. She received an graduation ceremonies and was a co-creator of Initiative Award for consistently volunteering to fill “Student Reflections,” a slideshow that was shown open staffing needs and for taking the initiative to during commencement. Lindsay achieved a 4.0 assist others. Sandra also received a Customer GPA while enrolled in the program. Satisfaction Award because she was specifically named in customer comments or satisfaction Tess Schreffler, Aaronsburg, was the recipient surveys and has gone above and beyond to of the Acute Care Nursing Excellence Award at provide great customer service. One of her patients Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and described her as “always looking to see what needs Technology’s LPN graduation. to be done,” “recognizing needs even before being Tina Watkins, Williamsport, received Pennsylvania asked,” “being very pleasant and kind,” and “being College of Technology’s 2012 Academic Honors an excellent nurse.” Award in Nursing. Tina graduated in May 2012 from PCT’s RN program.WATCH works 2
  3. 3. Congratulations to recent graduates!Amanda Zimmerman, Lewistown Pictured is Danielle Graduates from Pennsylvania College of Lucinda Bradford,(left), and Jamie Perkinson, Batchler of Williamsport, Technology’s RN program are (from L to R): Spring Mills,Middleburg, graduated from a graduate of HACC’s Andrea Valentine, Mifflinburg; Tina Watkins, graduated fromHACC’s CNA program. CNA program. Williamsport; Cassandra Leroy, Bloomsburg; CPI’s CNA and Emily Wilson, Lewistown. program.Pictured above are graduates of Thomas Jefferson Graduates from Mifflin Juniata Career and Technology Center’sUniversity School of Nursing’s RN program (from L to R): LPN program are (from L to R): Lori Schmidt, Lewistown; AshleyNicole Homicz, Mount Carmel; Lindsey Schell, Elysburg; Murphy, Lewistown; Justina Marker-Shotzberger, Lewistown;Thilza Cordova-Martinez, Danville; Christine Showers, Jennifer Milliken, Lewistown; Hilary Vogt, Lewistown; and AlanWinfield; and Dawn Kitchens, Port Treverton. Doebler, Burnham. Congratulations to the following WATCH Project participants (not pictured) who recently graduated from nursing programs at several regional educational institutions. Bloomsburg University Harrisburg Area Community College Bachelor of Science in Nursing (HACC) Certified Nursing Assistant Program Jamie Miller, Sunbury Amy Whitenight, Bloomsburg Amanda Fitzwater, Williamsport Fionna Fox, Williamsport central Pennsylvania institute of Terra Gaul, Sunbury science and Technology (CPI) Angie Hamilton, Williamsport Licensed Practical Nursing Program Ashley Neidig, Sunbury Andrea Fisher, Mill Hall Patricia Thomas, Hughesville Jessica Mayes, Bellefonte Morgan Traver, Bloomsburg Kelie Nash, State College Rashida Victor, Williamsport Chelsie Packer, Renovo Pennsylvania College of Technology Tess Schreffler, Aaronsburg Antonio Slaterback, Loganton Registered Nursing Program Heidi Sneath, Mill Hall Dana Gennaria, Mt. Pleasant Mills Natalie Miller, Milton WATCH works 3
  4. 4. Managing stress in a stress-filled world Part III in a series featuring suggestions for reducing and controlling stress in our lives In our last issue, we learned how and gather your equipment for the day, then you identifying and focusing our time and should arrive in the parking lot no later than 7:40. effort on priorities can help us manage If it takes 20 minutes to drive from home to work, our time and reduce stress. Here are allow yourself an extra 10 minutes for traffic delays. some other time management strategies That means you need to be in your car ready to go that may help ensure a more relaxed by 7:10. If you have children to drop off at day care, pace for the day. allow extra time for possible delays there as well. First, give yourself plenty of time. Eliminate You can’t foresee every delay or disruption in your those last minute races to work or to your next schedule, but you can anticipate a few and build in appointment by scheduling more time than you extra time to remain more relaxed and less stressed might usually need to get from one place to the throughout the day. next. Plan to leave earlier for classes, work or appointments to allow for unforeseen delays. This document was supported by Grant #90FX0011 from the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health Do a little “backward planning.” For example, & Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility if your shift begins at 8, plan to be at your work of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views station by 7:55. Now think backwards. If it takes of HHS. Work Attributes Toward Careers in Health (WATCH) is a you 15 minutes to find a parking space, walk to Health Profession Opportunity Grant and is your workstation, sign in, stash your belongings, administered by the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU).WATCH works 4 Lewisburg, PA 17837 PO Box 213 WATCH Project