Observers / job shadows
Job shadows are a way to observe the responsibilities of someone working in a field that interests you. Anyone looking to do a job shadow or observation is responsible for locating someone to shadow (this person is called a sponsor). Please review the steps below to learn more about the observer/job shadow process.
1. Locate a sponsor for your observation experience.
The best way to locate a sponsor is to talk to someone you know that works at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. If you don't already know someone at the hospital, try browsing our Program and Clinics to narrow down your search. Contact the specialty that most closely matches your area of interest to inquire if a job shadow opportunity would be available. Some areas do not accept job shadows except under special circumstances, such as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Physical/Occupational Therapy.
Please note: There is no guarantee that an employee will be able and willing to sponsor a job shadow or observation experience.
Job shadows are set up on a case-by-case basis with the department you're visiting, but most experiences last for about 4 hours on a given day. You should discuss the observer/job shadow arrangement with your sponsor to figure out a time that works best for both of you. More information can be found in the Observer/Job Shadow Policy, which is the first four pages of the job shadow paperwork.
2. Fill out the observer paperwork. Download the form. Use this PowerPoint to complete page 11.
The following health documentation must be submitted with your paperwork.
a. Proof of immunity to Rubella, Rubeola and Mumps, regardless of age.
b. Proof of TB skin test done within the last 12 months with negative results.
c. Proof of immunity to Varicella:
d. Proof of influenza vaccination for the current influenza season for any observer was in a Children's facility for at least 1 day of their observational period between October 1 and March 31.
- Documented history of annual influenza vaccine
3. Submit your paperwork to the correct department for processing.
Please see the chart below to determine what pages of the paperwork to fill out and who will process it.
Once Educational Services or Medical Staff Services has confirmed that your paperwork is complete, you will receive information about picking up an observer badge.
|The employee I will be shadowing is a:
||Pages to fill out:
- Nurse Practitioner
- Physician Assistant
|5-7 and 11
||Medical Staff Services
- Social Worker
- Any other health care professional or employee
For any additional questions that weren't answered on this web page, please contact Educational Services at (414) 266-2209.