Just in case you didn’t know, aside from our Executive Director, the Komen Tissue Bank (KTB) is run by a staff of only five full-time employees, with added support from one part-timer who now divides her time between the office and the lab. Sometimes there are projects to be done which require dedicated attention, and which are a challenge to complete without added assistance. Enter that wonderful gift – the summer intern! The KTB has benefited from the assistance of several hard-working interns over the past few years, including Brandon Chambers, Cali Estes, Alexandria Jewell, and Pam Plain, who was nominated for and subsequently awarded the honor of Indiana University Intern of the Year for her work here at the KTB last summer. This summer, with two or three large projects needing attention, we are thrilled to welcome THREE temporary and oh-so-valuable additions to our staff. We would like to introduce you to the KTB 2014 Summer Interns, presented here one at a time.
Our third and final summer intern, Hallie Young, is a senior at Ball State University majoring in Health Science. Hallie needed an internship to fulfill the requirements of her major, and came to us through a direct recommendation from Pam Plain, who interned with us last year.
Hallie works at St. Vincent Heart Center as a “GSP” – Guest Safety Partner – rather like a nurse’s aide. She is assigned a cardiac patient who is at risk of harming themselves or others due to dementia, other mental illness, confusion after surgery, etc., and remains with that patient for a solid 12 hour shift. Hallie monitors the patient, negotiates to calm him or her and performs any or all needs including bathing, feeding, or walking with her charge. The job can be emotionally challenging, but Hallie appreciates that her work provides great experience for learning about factors other than medical ones with regard to the care of a patient. She has learned, for example, that culture is very important; understanding the cultural background of her patient goes a long way toward being able to fully help with any health challenges her patients may have. After completing this degree, Hallie plans to immediately enroll in a nursing program. Hallie has a minor in marketing and wishes to get into medical equipment sales.
Hallie is the youngest of eight children who range in age from 21 to 43. Her family hails from the southside of Indianapolis. It’s a big, happy family. Hallie has lots of nieces and nephews, and was an aunt even before she was born! The majority of her family still lives locally, so they all get to see each other often.
Travel is very important to Hallie; she loves it, and would not at all mind travelling in her work. She wants to go abroad, and is looking into programs to study overseas, with Europe as her number one travel destination.
Hallie already has quite a legacy of volunteer work. As a member of Chi Omega, a service oriented sorority, she is a wish-granter for the Make A Wish Foundation, meaning that, facilitating with the organization, she goes to meet the child and helps to arrange to get his or her wish granted. Hallie also volunteered for the dance marathon at Ball State which raises money for palliative care at Riley Children’s Hospital.
We are now several weeks into our summer intern program, and our three wonderful interns have accomplished much. We look forward to enjoying the rest of the summer with them.