Riverview School students learn the ropes at CCH
As both Riverview and CCHC continue to build the foundation for this program, the goal is to create a catalog of internships available throughout the health system that will allow the interns to have as many options possible that fit their individual needs and aspirations.
“It’s been really exciting to watch Connor and Alex grow,” said Jill Notaro, RN, at the Cape Cod Hospital Emergency Center. “In the beginning they were very dependent and would come to me for every little thing. They don’t need to anymore because they are confident in what they’ve learned and their own decision-making. It’s truly remarkable to compare when they came here to where they are now.”
Their personalities have certainly blossomed as well. Both students have made great strides in improving their communication and interaction with others.
“Connor has really come out of his shell,” said Notaro. “And Alex, when he speaks to me, he looks right in my eyes. I have goose bumps just talking about it all.”
“The success and impact these young men and woman have had across Cape Cod Healthcare has exceeded expectations,” said Ceci Phelan Stiles, Senior Manager of Human Resources at Cape Cod Healthcare. “The response hospital administration and human resources have received from employees and patients have confirmed that this program is and will continue to be a success.”
“As compassionate healers and educators, sometimes at a job you lose that focus and get caught up in the day-to-day. But these students and this program bring you back to your center,” Patterson said. “The CCHC staff has made the program a success because of who they are and how they are embracing our students. The staff truly is so amazing here.”
As Connor and Alex’s Emergency Center rotation comes to an end on December 18th, new Riverview interns will arrive – with some big shoes to fill.
“The first ones are always going to be your favorite,” said Notaro. “The staff loves these guys. We know that they work hard and do a good job. We’ve gotten to help them spread their wings. They are going to be sorely missed, but as they move into new roles at different departments we’ll also branch out here and meet new people. It’s all about getting out of your comfort zone.”
Both interns have high hopes for their next rotation at the hospital. Connor may end up in Outpatient Rehab where he can continue building connections with patients he’ll see more regularly. And Alex is hoping for Radiology, so that he won’t be too far from the hustle of the emergency center.
And who knows; you may just catch Alex working that night shift in the ER.
[PHOTO L-R: Connor Hogan; Jill Notaro, RN; Alex Tetreault]