Career paths

Life is different when you make a difference.

Salem Health’s Career Exploration Program allows you to experience what it is like to work alongside a health care professional. Our Career Exploration Program will provide you with insight into the career and help you select the right field for you.

Begin your exploration by reading about careers in the health care fields listed in the gray bar on the left (desktop) or the drop-down menu at the top (mobile). Areas available for shadowing are listed below.

Areas not offering job shadows

  • Unable to set up Surgery/Operating Room shadows without a sponsor
  • Unable to set up medical provider/doctor shadows without a sponsor
  • Coders/Health information Management (medical records)

Areas offering job shadows:

Nursing floors


Nursing units

  • Medical Telemetry (heart monitoring)
  • Medical Surgical Oncology (cancer care)
  • General Medical Unit (general nursing)
  • General Surgery Unit (post-surgical nursing)
  • Orthopedics Unit (bone and joint care)
  • Psychiatric Unit

Critical care nursing units

  • Emergency Department (ED)
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Cardiovascular Care Unit (CVCU)
  • Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU)
  • Neuro-Trauma Care Unit (NTCU)

Women’s and Children’s

  • Labor and Delivery
  • Mother/Baby Nursing Unit
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) — for educational requirements
  • Pediatrics — for educational requirements

Radiation Oncology — for educational requirements:

  • Radiation Therapy Nursing
  • Radiation Therapy 

Non-nursing floors:


Imaging Specialties

  • X-Ray
  • CT — (limited offerings)
  • MRI — (limited offerings)
  • Ultrasound — (limited offerings)
  • Vascular Ultrasound (ultrasound of the veins and arteries)
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Cardiac Cath Lab (noninvasive cardiac procedures)
  • EKG (electrocardiography, looking at the heart’s electrical activity)
  • Echo (ultrasound of the heart)

Lab Services

  • Phlebotomy (blood draws)

Therapies — for educational requirements for inpatient and outpatient

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy

Information Services/ Information Technology

  • Please specify your interests in your application so we can match you with someone on our IS team.


Interpretive Services (language access)


West Valley Campus