The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital routinely relies on volunteers and interns to assist in numerous areas around the Hospital. They assist in reading books to patients, provide entertainment in waiting rooms, and help in classrooms. They are a vital part of the Hospital’s dedication to patient care.
The Hospital has partnerships with colleges across the United States allowing students to work in their field of studies. These partnerships are important to students as they fulfill graduation requirements. The Hospital currently has two students from Oklahoma State University, College of Human Sciences. These two students are working towards completing a 360-hour internship. This internship is a requirement to graduate.
“We highly value our relationship with The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital. Our students receive superior supervision and are afforded opportunities to work with children requiring complex care,” said Ginger Welch, Ph.D., clinical associate professor and internship coordinator, Oklahoma State University. “The internship at the Hospital benefits students by providing them hands-on supervision with children and families.”
Brittney Hoffmeier is from Mustang. She has always wanted to work with children in a hospital setting. Through this internship she has been able to fulfill that dream and much more.
“I chose The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital because I always wanted to work with children. I have never worked with children having physical and developmental disabilities. I thought it would be a great opportunity to broaden my horizons. This internship has encouraged me to continue my path to become a nurse. It’s amazing how we help them find ways to overcome obstacles and challenges everyday,” said Hoffmeier.
Sydney Werner is from Kingfisher. Sydney chose the internship at the Hospital because of the many services they offer patients. She also wanted an internship where she could explore her interest in social work.
“I did research and was amazed at the services The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital provides their patients. This internship has pushed me out of my comfort zone. I have never worked at a hospital. I have enjoyed being able to work with social workers and witness how they assist patients and their families,” said Werner.
There have been seven previous students complete this internship and three have become employees at the Hospital.
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