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NSMC Celebrates First Jobs Students: Seventeen Local Students Worked Summer Jobs at NSMC as Part of NSWIB Program
8/30/2017

This summer Edwardo Troncoso got a small glimpse of what his future might be like. A 16-year-old junior at Salem High School with an interest in studying pre-med, Troncoso worked alongside physicians and nurses on an inpatient floor at North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) Salem Hospital.

“Edwardo assisted on our unit by helping to answer patient call bells, delivering water pitchers and stocking supplies,” said Nurse Director Jonelle O’Connor, R.N. “He did a wonderful job at getting to know the patients and our staff.”

Edwardo Troncoso accepts a certificate acknowledging his participation in the First Jobs program from Beth Taylor, NSMC’s Interim Senior Vice President of Human Resources.

Troncoso was one of 17 local students from Salem and Lynn who worked at NSMC this summer as part of the North Shore Workforce Investment Board’s First Jobs program. Representatives from the Board recently joined Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and leaders from NSMC and Partners HealthCare to honor the students during a ceremony at NSMC. The students worked in various departments throughout the Medical Center, including inpatient floors, the laboratory, Special Care Nursery, maintenance and plant operations, and received advice and guidance from NSMC staff. They earned a paycheck along with valuable experience.

Front Row: Mary Sarris, Exec. Director of the North Shore Workforce Investment Board, Claribel Lind, Robyn Hendry, Dariana Noyola, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, Omar Hernandez, Edwardo Troncoso, Sarah DeOliveira, Milton Mancia Lemus; Back Row: Beth Taylor, NSMC Interim Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Matt Fishman, Partners HealthCare Vice President for Community Health, Marvelle Lightfoot, Michael Cabrera, Gabriel Turcios, Taban Manyok, Arturo Morales Rodrigues, Joesnel Perez, Adam Lynch, Lisaury Dejesus Holguin, NSMC Director of Human Resources Mary Zwiercan

“The First Jobs program gives students an up-close look at the diversity of opportunities that exist within the health care field, from the front-line clinical roles to a range of information technology jobs to human resources to project management and much more,” said Beth Taylor, NSMC’s Interim Senior Vice President of Human Resources. “Every year our staff looks forward to welcoming the students and serving as mentors over the summer.” This was the seventh year that NSMC has participated in the First Jobs program.

Troncoso enjoyed the firsthand experience his summer job offered. “Working with professionals every day was great,” he said. “I saw the way they interacted with patients and I learned how important it was to do things the right way to ensure the safety of patients and the medical staff. Every little thing matters.”

If he decides to pursue it, O’Connor said a career in health care will be available to Troncoso. “I’m hoping he will choose nursing,” she said with a smile.

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