The Take a Walk in My Shoes Program at Windsor Regional Hospital provides individuals with experiential learning opportunities designed to help them learn about various health career options as well as the skills that different occupations require. The program offers a four-hour education and shadowing experience to individuals who are interested in learning about a specific area in health care. Experiences can also be coordinated for individuals exploring a second career. Program participants will have the opportunity to experience the workplace setting as well as the duties performed by the healthcare worker they are shadowing; however, they will not be permitted to take part in any hands-on patient care. Individuals under the age of 18 will require parental consent.
The goals of the Take a Walk in My Shoes Program at Windsor Regional are to assist students and staff in accomplishing the following:
- Observe the daily routines of healthcare workers
- Begin to identify career interests in healthcare
- Gain awareness of the academic, technical and personal skills required in healthcare professions
- Gain an understanding that different health careers have cultures and work environments that can be unique to a particular profession
- Develop an understanding of the critical connections between school, work and goal attainment
Windsor Regional will endeavor to offer job shadowing experiences based upon your indicated area of interest with the exception of physicians. Departments, where job shadowing cannot be arranged, are the Operating Room and Emergency Department.
What is the Take a Walk in MyShoesProgram?
The Take a Walk in My Shoes program is a new and innovative program that has the potential to be adopted system-wide across the province. With baby boomers now approaching retirement age, the depletion of our healthcare talent pool will have a significant impact on staffing and recruitment. With the impending loss of our experienced staff, we must find inventive ways to foster interest in healthcare careers, targeting students as well as individuals considering a career change.
The initiative provides individuals with one-on-one experiential learning opportunities designed to help them explore various health career options. The program offers a four-hour education and shadowing experience, with a realistic view of the technical, academic and personal skills necessary to excel in their career of choice.
How It Works
Program participants have the opportunity to experience the workplace setting and duties performed by the healthcare professional they are shadowing; however, they are not permitted to take part in any hands-on patient care. Through pre-registration, individuals indicate their area of interest and mentors have matched accordingly. The program is open to individuals 18 years and older.
“It is good to see and hear how things actually work because theory and practical are two different things.”
“The employees were very eager to share their experiences with us and that tells me they really enjoy their jobs and workplace.”
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