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Job Shadowing & Observational Experiences

Volunteer Activity Suspended

Volunteer Activity and Job Shadows have been suspended for the next 30 days. You are welcome to complete an application and our online orientation but we will not schedule you for your health screening or interview until this restriction has been lifted. Please feel free to contact our department if you have any further questions.

Thank you for your interest in Virginia Mason Memorial's Job Shadow Program. Job shadowing is an observational career exploration activity for those who are considering healthcare as an occupation. Shadowing offers an opportunity to spend time with a professional currently working in a person's career field of interest. You will be able to ask questions, find out the challenges of the field, and observe a typical day.


Job Shadow (2-20 hours)

  • Maximum of 20 hours per calendar year
  • Age 18 and above

***Our office is unable to coordinate shadowing a provider (MD, DO, PA, etc). Anyone applying to shadow with a provider must have approval from that provider agreeing to take full responsibility for the observer's time, prior to submitting an application***

What other requirements are there to qualify for a job shadow?

In order to participate in our Job Shadow Program, the following steps will need to be completed:

  • Complete and submit the online application, orientation, and quiz. A WSP Background will be completed by VMM on all job shadow applicants prior to scheduling
  • Contact Memorial's Employee Health at 574-5830, identifying yourself as a job shadow to schedule your Tuberculosis Skin Test.
    • Tuberculosis Skin Tests are only administered on Mon, Tues, Wed or Fri. You will need to return to Employee Health 48-72hrs after the test is administered for the reading of the test.
    • Documentation of current influenza vaccine must be provided to Employee Health if shadowing between the dates of November 1 and May 1

Does Memorial provide vaccines?

Memorial currently provides a TB Skin Tests and clearance. NOTE: If health requirements have not been met or submitted within two months of application, application will be rejected

If I follow all of these steps and turn in my job shadow application, am I guaranteed a placement? How long does it take to hear back once I turn in my information?

Unfortunately, job shadows are not, and cannot, be guaranteed. Area health providers do their best to accommodate reasonable requests, but it depends on staff availability, administrative direction, and other factors that can, and do change. Staff tries to respond within a four week period once a request is received. If it's been four weeks and you haven't heard back, please inquire.

Can I do more than one job shadow experience?

While we'd like to accommodate every request, that is not possible, so we prefer you take some time to really research areas you are interested in and then narrow it down before selecting an area.

Is a job shadow different than a clinical placement?

Definitely. Job shadows are observational experiences, typically between 2 - 20 hours. Clinical placements are for advanced students already enrolled in a higher educational program. Clinical placements are arranged through the educational facility.

My family member/neighbor/friend works at an area medical provider and they know someone who said I can just shadow them without going through this process. Is that OK?

No. Due to the high number of requests, the job shadow system was restructured. Because of potential liability and insurance concerns, various documents and orientation need to be completed. While we appreciate the fact that someone offered to help you, everyone must follow the same process.

Please be aware that we will make our best effort to fill student requests but are not able to guarantee a placement.

Because we are focused on providing our patients and guests with a safe, comforting, healing environment, and providing the best learning opportunities for our students, student experiences are subject to change or cancellation at any time.

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Interested In More Than 20 Hours? Volunteer!

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If you have additional questions please contact:

Paige Atterberry, Student Experience Specialist, at (509) 249-5670 or via email at PaigeAtterberry@yvmh.org

COVID-19 News & Announcements

New! June 23: Going Home after Birth during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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New! June 23: Volver a casa después de dar a luz durante la pandemia de COVID-19

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Mask Requirements

To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, Virginia Mason Memorial (VMM) would like to remind all patients and visitors that masks are REQUIRED at all VMM facilities, including our clinics.

To conserve supplies, we request that all patients and visitors bring masks to their appointments. A limited number of reusable cloth masks, made by community members, will be available if you need one.

We also strongly encourage all community members to wear masks when in public - this is one of our best tools to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATED! May 26: New Visitation Policy

As a response to the current community situation with COVID-19, we are suspending most in-person visits to our hospitalized patients. The decision to suspend hospital visits was difficult and made only after careful consideration.
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Prescription Home Delivery

We now offer home delivery for your prescription medications.

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Visitors to Generations OB/GYN

As part of our continuing efforts to focus on patient safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, Generations has changed its visitor policy.

No visitors will be allowed for clinic visits, with the only exceptions being:

1 Visitor will be allowed for the first OB appointment
1 visitor will be allowed at the 20 week anatomy ultrasound

Visitors to the Family Birthplace

Women in the Family Birthplace may have one visitor.

Telehealth: Your questions answered

Learn more about joining one of our providers for a Telehealth visit »

COVID-19 Evaluation Clinic

Our Creekside HealthyNow location is now a COVID-19 evaluation clinic. If you have cough and fever, please schedule your visit at our Creekside Location. Please list your symptoms in the reason for visit so our team is better prepared to assist you.

This location completes an evaluation to determine if you're a candidate for COVID testing. Learn more »

Physician Recruitment:

We have reduced the number of Physician and Provider positions we are recruiting for in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Should you be interested in possible employment with Virginia Mason Memorial, please contact us at physicianrecruitment@yvmh.org. We are actively reviewing our staffing needs and new positions are being approved for posting. We appreciate your interest in us and hope to have the opportunity to consider you for a role with VMM.

Additional Spiritual Resources During COVID-19

Chaplains at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital provide care for every patient regardless of their personal beliefs or non-beliefs. For support, assistance, prayers, and all other spiritual care requests, please email spiritualcare@yvmh.org or call the spiritual care office: (509) 575-8035


There are times when a direct face to face spiritual care conversation is not the best option (due to distance, a pandemic, patient preference). That's where Tele-Chaplaincy provides another possibility. You can request chaplain support using your personal, or hospital room, phone. Calls are confidential. Chaplains will listen, provide encouragement, offer help and resources, and if desired, offer prayer. If you are part of a faith community a chaplain can help you connect with them.

Virtual Chaplaincy

Without regular visits from family and friends a stay in the hospital can be even more challenging. One of our newest offerings, Virtual Chaplaincy using Zoom, helps make connections. By contacting the Spiritual Care team at the email or phone number above you can request a Zoom meeting. Family and friends throughout the Yakima Valley, from the four corners of the state, from across the country and even internationally, are meeting with patients via Zoom to offer their love and support. Due to the popularity of this option scheduling and frequency may, at times, be limited.

Hospital Lab Services

All out-patient lab services - including newborn screens and bilirubin collections - will now be provided at Memorial Cornerstone Medicine, 4003 Creekside Loop. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday and Sunday.

Hospital Pharmacy

Beginning Thursday, March 19, the hospital pharmacy is closed to the public for the duration of the pandemic. The public may choose to have those prescriptions transferred to VMM's Pharmacy at Creekside or the pharmacy of their choice.

The Pharmacy at Creekside, 4003 Creekside Loop, is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers walk-in or drive-through options for pickup.

Farmacia Del Hospital

A partir del jueves 19 de marzo, la farmacia del hospital estará cerrada al público mientras dure la pandemia. El público puede escoger si quiere que sus recetas sean transferidas a la otra farmacia de Virginia Mason Memorial, localizada en la clínica Cornerstone o también puede elegir cualquier otra farmacia de su preferencia. La clínica de Cornerstone, está localizada en el 4003 Creekside Loop. En esta farmacia se puede recoger la medicina por la ventana y/o adentro de la clínica.

Horario: Lunes a Viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 6:00 p.m. y sábado y domingo de las 8:00 a.m. a las 4:30 pm