Nursing-Focused Job and Internship Fair Sees Over 100 Students
Nursing students took a break from taking vitals and learning about anatomy during the first Nursing Job and Internship Fair on March 20 from noon until 2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. in the Mandela Room.
Over 100 student attendees were able to meet 22 employers who discussed part- and full-time jobs, internships, externships, and residency programs. A variety of medical centers, hospitals, Veterans Administration (VA) centers, and psychiatric centers were represented, including Cayuga Medical Center, Guthrie Healthcare System, Lourdes Hospital, NYU Langone Health, Rochester Regional Health, St. Joseph's Health, Stony Brook University Hospital, UHS and more.
According to Paul Deamer, Senior Assistant Director of Employer and Alumni Outreach, the scope of employers offers a wide range of nursing opportunities in various areas of hospitals and medical centers.
"Nursing employers said it was a great use of their time and said the students were highly polished, had great resumes and were eager to talk about opportunities," Deamer said. "Given that it was the first time we hosted an event like this in a number of years, it was a tremendous success and we look forward to building on that success again in the fall."
In between the two sessions, there was a nursing recruiting panel entitled, "How to Best Prepare You for Nursing Success: Resume and Interviewing Tips" led by six professionals.
The nursing-focused Job and Internship Fair was created because although healthcare providers and hospitals attended the Fall and Spring Job and Internship Fairs to recruit for a wide variety of positions, many nursing students were unable to attend due to their clinical placements.
Deamer said that there is a huge need for nurses across New York State, and this Fair allows healthcare providers to recruit on campus for open positions and have a pipeline for future openings. He said the Fair is expected to recur again in the fall and his hope is to build a partnership with SUNY Broome so their nursing students can also attend.
Sara Wozniak, Assistant Dean of Enrollment and Academic Success in the Decker School worked closely with the Fleishman Center to plan this event. The Fair was co-sponsored by the Decker School of Nursing and the Fleishman Center, whose intention for the future is to host more targeted fairs for specific industries and career fields.
"Due to the success of this highly specialized job fair, we are looking into expand upon this type of set up for other industries," Deamer said.