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Career paths

Life is different when you make a difference.

The Career Exploration Program offers job shadows for community members and students considering a health care career. Experiences are available at Salem Health facilities located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Begin your exploration by reading about careers in the health care fields listed in the gray bar on the left (desktop) or the drop-down menu at the top (mobile). Areas available for shadowing are listed below.

Areas offering job shadows:

Adult health services nursing units

  • Medical Telemetry (heart monitoring)
  • Medical Surgical Oncology (cancer care)
  • General Medical Unit (general nursing)
  • General Surgery Unit (post-surgical nursing)
  • Orthopedics Unit (bone and joint care)
  • Psychiatric Unit

Critical care nursing units

  • Emergency Department (ED)
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Cardiovascular Care Unit (CVCU)
  • Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU)
  • Neuro-Trauma Care Unit (NTCU)

Women’s and Children’s

  • Labor and Delivery
  • Mother/Baby Nursing Unit
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – for educational requirements
  • Pediatrics - for educational requirements

Radiation Oncology – for educational requirements:

  • Radiation Therapy Nursing
  • Radiation Therapy 

Imaging Specialties

  • X-Ray
  • CT – (limited offerings)
  • MRI – (limited offerings)
  • Ultrasound – (limited offerings)
  • Vascular Ultrasound (ultrasound of the veins and arteries)
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Cardiac Cath Lab (non-invasive cardiac procedures)
  • EKG (electrocardiography, looking at the heart’s electrical activity)
  • Echo (ultrasound of the heart)

Lab Services

  • Phlebotomy (blood draws)

Therapies - for educational requirements

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
Information Services
  • Please specify your interests in your application so we can match you with someone on our IS team.

Areas not offering shadows

  • Unable to set up Surgery/Operating Room shadows without a sponsor
  • Unable to set up medical provider/doctor shadows without a sponsor
  • Pharmacy Laboratory
  • Coders/Health information Management (medical records)