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About Providence Swedish (Puget Sound)

Providence Swedish Ready connects current caregivers and career seekers of any age to health care careers through experiential learning and work experiences. Our innovative and award-winning program encourages career seekers to explore the many career opportunities that exist within health care and provides experiential opportunities such as paid internships, and more. Our mission is to enable career seekers to make well-informed career decisions and to delineate attainable pathways for career advancement within Providence Swedish.

According to the Bureau of labor statistics between 2019-2029, health care is predicted to be the fastest growing employer sector with anticipated 15% job growth. However, additional education can be gained as an integral part of a career pathway journey. Prov Swedish offers generous Tuition Assistance for Providence Swedish caregivers to accomplish educational goals as part of their career advancement.

For high school students, ProvidenceSwedishReady events can demonstrate relevancy to classroom learning and may be used to meet high school graduation requirements. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to partner with teachers, counselors, and schools to bring health career exploration to students.

Providence Swedish is an entry point into our campus bridging the pathways between education, financial assistance/scholarships, mentorship, and YOUR career goals. You will gain experience in a health care setting, have help to navigate schools and jobs, and have access to financial assistance/scholarships to help you with the cost of school and certifications.

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Career Exploration is a lifelong journey. Whether you are in high school, college, or a current Providence Swedish Caregiver, it can feel like a particularly daunting and overwhelming task. Our goal is to provide accurate, realistic and insightful portraits of health care careers and the culture of Covenant. People gravitate to careers they know, see and experience. That is why it is imperative that we create connections between health care professionals and career seekers to accurately inform and guide them along their career pathway.

Providence Swedish encourages those interested in a job shadow to participate in our career exploration opportunities. These opportunities have been specifically designed to provide you with comprehensive career exploration information, as well as to provide the most up-to-date career information. The learning is experiential, so rather than just observing health care workers, career seekers can actually try stepping into the role by using medical equipment on mannequins under the guidance of our staff. Visit our "How to get Involved" area to view some of the different opportunities!

Career Exploration Focus Area

Career Highlights: Workshops led by Providence caregivers in on-site conference rooms for small groups of students (aimed at junior high and high school students) focusing on one specific health care career such as Nursing, PA, Medical Assistant etc. We strategically provide Career Highlights to showcase Providence’s hard to fill positions.

Surgical Viewings: Allow students to observe a surgery in real-time at a Providence Auditorium (designed for high school juniors/seniors who are enrolled in either a health occupations course or an advanced placement science class and their teachers or nursing/pre-med/other health career college students); types of surgeries include Ortho Watch, Chest Watch, Heart Watch and Brain Watch. The surgeon provides an overview of the surgery, their career and the aligned Providence Institute and various other health care providers that would typically be involved in the care of this type of patient share their careers and take questions. These events are broadcasted remotely to other Providence sights, allowing a reach of over 800 viewers.

Career Exploration: Includes providing "fast fact" sheets with information (education, salary, etc.) on different roles in health care & helps to provide career pathways.

Career Pathway Videos: Showcases interviews with real caregivers working in Providence hospitals on their career paths to get there, their daily duties, and their recommendations for success.

What Can You Expect from Providence Swedish Ready

  • Career Exploration Day Camps: Career exploration camps are designed for schools and community organizations with their students’ interests in mind. These can be held either onsite, at
  • Career exploration Day camps: Career exploration camps are designed for schools and community organizations with their students’ interests in mind. These can be held either onsite, at a Prov Swedish location or at the school/community organization’s site.
  • School Presentations and guest speakers: Teachers can request to have a caregiver member serve as a guest speaker at their school.
  • Job Shadowing: Nursing school Seniors can request to have a job shadow for 4 hours at a time up to three different times.

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Office of Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Through the Office of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (OHEDI), we are working to ensure Providence Swedish hospitals and clinics provide an inclusive environment for all patients, visitors and caregivers. This includes supporting care teams in completing trainings on cultural competence, LGBTQIA+ care and understanding how implicit bias impacts patient care. OHEDI’s work is fueled by our mission—to improve the health and wellbeing of each person we serve— and establishes policies and programs that: - Eliminate health care inequities - Provide equitable access to high-quality health care - Build a diverse workforce - Support community partners - Advance transgender health

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Embrace Providence Swedish caregivers at Seattle Pride Parade

At OHEDI, we believe in creating a world that supports and promotes a culture that allows you and others to fully EMBRACE all that you are. This means addressing and supporting many of the following initiatives:

  • Caregiver Resource Groups
  • DEI Culture
  • LGBTQAI+ Initiatives
  • Language Accessibility Initiatives

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Empowering our Caregiver and Patient Community begins with intentional action to name, address, and develop actions that impact the systemic hurdles that often disempower marginalized and underrepresented populations. As a steppingstone towards changing many of these disparities, OHEDI has begun the following initiatives:

  • Promotion and Retention Initiatives
  • Caregiver Experiences
  • Empowering our Diverse Community - Culture Health Navigators Program

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Knowledge is Power! We cannot change that which we cannot name. Here in the North Division, OHEDI is intentionally seeking to educate and empower our caregivers and community with resources that directly promote health equity, diversity and inclusion.

  • Training & Education
  • DEI Advocates

Culture & Community

Opportunity to build an inclusive culture centered on "embracing, empowering, and equipping" our Caregiver Community.

Lead: Kaila Alvarez

The goal is to build an inclusive culture and environment that results in the following:

  • Increased caregiver retention
  • Improved caregiver engagement
  • A more inclusive culture
  • A stronger sense of belonging
  • Improved health outcomes

At Providence Swedish, our strength lies in Our Promise of “Know me, care for me, ease my way.” Working at our family of organizations means that regardless of your role, we’ll walk alongside you in your career, supporting you so you can support others. We provide best-in-class benefits, and we foster an inclusive workplace where diversity is valued, and everyone is essential, heard and respected. Together, our 120,000 caregivers (all employees) serve in over 50 hospitals, over 1,000 clinics and a full range of health and social services across Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington. As a comprehensive health care organization, we are serving more people, advancing best practices and continuing our more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable.

Swedish Health Services is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Community Partnerships

  • Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization
  • Seattle Public Schools
  • Introduction to Healthcare Apprenticeship Program
  • Career Connect Washington
  • Seattle Job initiatives
  • Hiring Our Heroes
  • Washington Alliance for better schools

Workforce Development Efforts

Create talent pipelines and access for underrepresented populations to find employment opportunities within Providence Swedish. The goal is to fill open positions and create a diverse talent pool.

Lead: David Grant & Jill Zeisloft

  • Desired outcomes from Workforce Development:
  • Increase diversity candidate pool
  • Increase diversity recruitment rates
  • Increase trust among diverse patient populations
  • Aid caregivers in workload balance and improve retention of minority caregivers
  • Help build a culture of inclusion and belonging through diversity proximity

Administrative Fellowship Opportunities

The Administrative Fellowship at Providence offers masters level individuals a 12-month opportunity to develop their management and leadership skills through a broad array of learning experiences. Fellows will receive extensive mentorship from senior leaders as they tackle challenging, highly visible projects in their areas of interest. They will also cultivate a strong microscale and macroscale understanding of Providence's impact on the surrounding community.

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Hear From Our Team
  • "I love the people. I love my team workers. We're very team-oriented so if you are drowning or if you need help, everybody jumps in and takes care of your patients as if they are their own patients."

  • "The people I work with make me want to say. I just feel like I belong. I love working for Swedish."

  • "Swedish has been amazing in helping me attain my professional goals."

    - Submitted by Raj, RN, Float Pool
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