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Internship program opens career path
Mentor  Student
Janice Ford, left, is serving as a mentor for student Anna Bannister in Effingham Hospital’s Healthcare Internship Program. - photo by Photo submitted

Armstrong Atlantic State University student Anna Bannister, RN, is one of many intelligent and energetic students broadening their horizons through education in the Healthcare Internship Program at Effingham Hospital. In this singular program Bannister is gaining the knowledge and experience necessary to be an advanced nurse practitioner.  Efficiency and professionalism are just a few of the lessons she has learned in her passage through this program.  

Under the direction of her mentor Janice Ford, RN, MSN, AP-NP, Bannister is seeking additional clinical preparation over and above her already extensive medical training and education. Upon completion of her program of study she will hold a master’s in nursing science as a family nurse practitioner. Bannister is gaining a very extraordinary experience at Effingham Hospital.

This Healthcare Internship Program encourages a quality learning experience unlike any other. All participants are equally encouraged and instructed in the many benefits and clinical complexities of today's advancing medical field.

Another student benefiting from this program is, William J. C. Canfield, known affectionately as “Billy.” Canfield is one of the most diligent students serving his internship within the Radiology Department at Effingham Hospital, and he is currently enrolled at Armstrong Atlantic State University. Under the guidance of his mentor, Kathy Maher, RT(R)(CT), Canfield is working toward achieving his  B.A. in radiologic technology.  

Canfield is learning to participate in radiologic examinations, maintenance of patient rooms and the finer points of patient care.  

The Healthcare Internship Program offers students from universities, colleges and high schools who seek this opportunity to gain medical experience within a clinical setting.  Effingham Hospital is currently training many young students, who desire future positions within the high-paced field of health care.
All of these young men and women are afforded an opportunity to interact with patients, learn much needed skill-sets and experience real time in departments such as radiology, physical therapy and the emergency department.  

Another example is Jennifer Kelly Morgan, who is receiving comprehensive training within the therapy department. Morgan, a graduate of Effingham County High School is also currently a student at AASU and received her B.A. in speech language pathology and communication disorders in May 2006.  

Under the guidance of her clinical supervisor Morgan Alyse Lewis, Morgan has secured a greater understanding of the active science and methods used in the practice of speech and language pathology.  

This organized program experience will provide her with a firm foundation for her future career. Because of Morgan’s intense training and increased understanding of the subject she will graduate from AASU with her master's degree in May of this year.  

There are also many high school student-interns participating in this powerful learning experience, students such as 17-year-old Whitney Nicole Edwards of Effingham County High School, who works with Lewis learning the many responsibilities inherent in the day to day operation of the physical therapy department.  

Edwards wants to serve in the field of either dental hygiene or physical therapy.  

Logan Rahn of Effingham County High School is serving as an intern in the therapy department. Students Angela Johnson and Lindsey Collins are in like manner both participating in this program in the Effingham Family Medicine office at Springfield.