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COPE Scholars Make A Difference


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The COPE Health Scholar program gives pre-health professionals unprecedented access to direct patient care. Health Scholars become valuable members of the patient-care team alongside nurses, physicians and allied health professionals in clinical and administrative settings. They receive training to assist in basic patient-care tasks such as bathing, changing and feeding patients as they rotate among the different departments within the hospital. For instance, Health Scholars may have the opportunity to serve in areas such as the emergency department, witness babies being born in labor & delivery, learn about health administration in the accreditation department and participate in facilitating hospital classes like perinatal course.

In October, the COPE Health Scholar Program welcomed 30 new Health Scholars to Simi Valley Hospital totaling the program size to 105 scholars throughout the entire hospital. At Simi Valley Hospital we have COPE Health Scholars (students in the brown polo shirts) in Telemetry 1 and 2, Medical Surgical, ICU, Emergency, Maternity and Marketing, where they provide nearly 1,500 hours of support every month. Most of the students at SVH are currently enrolled in programs around the neighboring colleges and universities. The majority of the students are looking to become physicians, nurses and allied health professionals. We would like to take this time to thank all staff for supporting these new health care professionals who are in the beginnings of their career. 

“The experience I have gained in the Intensive Care Unit has been insightful and valuable. As a new health scholar on unit, I have learned a tremendous amount these past two months. The staff have contributed to the positive experience that I have had so far. Nancy has been one of the most sincere nurses I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Not only does she take the time during her shift to show and explain to me different procedures that occur in the department, she demonstrates compassion towards each of her patients on a daily basis. On my first shift, she gave me the opportunity to observe various procedures and I felt appreciated as a part of the patient care team. Furthermore, I have worked with Michelle who has always taken the time to explain terminology and operations of the unit so that I’m kept up to date for the time of my shift. Michelle has a very friendly and professional personality. She has taught me how to provide care in the most efficient way so that patient comfort always comes first. I’m excited to learn more as I continue to serve my role as a Health Scholar on the unit. Thank you ICU staff!”

Christina SharkeyHealth Scholar,
Intensive Care Unit

Do you know of someone who is interested in applying to the program? Please feel free to reach out to Osanna Tosunyan, Program Manager at or visit the COPE Health Scholar Office located in the North Campus Building for more information.