As a Murray State University student seeking my Bachelor’s in Integrated Studies (Healthcare Administration), I completed a fifteen-week internship at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana. This internship is in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the BIS 437 project. As part of the internship requirements, I was required to intern two eight-hour days every week for fifteen weeks in the Patient Safety/Infection Control Department. Throughout this internship, I would gain the skills and knowledge of what a Patient Safety Coordinator is responsible for in the daily routine. Although, the skills and knowledge were important, the experience that I received during this time was very beneficial.
I was assigned to work under the Patient Safety Coordinator at Deaconess Hospital, Katie Gretler. During the first month of my internship, I received tours of both Midtown and Gateway Campuses, met some of the excellent staff and leaders in employee onboarding, gathered project ideas for me to complete, and attended multiple rounding sessions with various safety ambassadors. The second month focused on discussing patient safety fair tasks, attending meetings for my project, and beginning the Lean Six Sigma – Yellow Belt Classes. The last two months were filled with the patient safety fair activities, completing my Lean Six Sigma – Yellow Belt Classes, and rounding on various units to receive voice of the customer.
With the practical approach and professional skills that I have gained during this internship, I know that I will be able to be an advocate for any medical organization in the future. This has been a fantastic opportunity for me to receive first-hand experience in my career field and is something that was easily achievable. I can’t thank Murray State University and Deaconess Hospital enough.
Year Manuscript Completed
Senior Project Advisor
Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree
Field of Study
Health Care Administration
Wells, Holly, "Patient Safety Internship" (2018). Integrated Studies. 92.