A U.S. Navy veteran, Sarah Heesch, LVN, served close to five years as a hospital corpsman. According to the U.S. Navy, hospital corpsmen are highly respected members of the Navy’s world-class health care network. Whether in a hospital or clinical setting, on ships or submarines, or even out in the field, they use their medical skills to impact the lives of others — often in unique situations.
It was the way her work touched the lives of others that Heesch found most rewarding. It was something she wanted to continue when she stepped into civilian life.
“Serving as a hospital corpsman in the Navy prepared me for a career as a nurse with Sharp HealthCare because I was taught to step out of my comfort zone in order to learn vital patient care skills in a variety of settings,” she says. “I also learned to always remain flexible and adaptable, and I developed a sense of pride and professionalism in the work we did each day to support and assist our military members and their families.”
Sharp HealthCare recruiter Karina Davis says that skills and experiences such as Heesch’s are exactly what they look for when finding candidates to join the Sharp team.
“The work ethic of members of the military is very strong,” says Davis. “They are incredibly reliable, dedicated and ordered employees, and we are honored they choose to work at Sharp HealthCare in a multitude of roles.”
Davis and Sharp’s recruiting team often attend military career fairs — featuring programs geared toward “hiring heroes” — and reach out to members of the military, veterans and their family members to introduce them to Sharp’s mission to transform the health care experience and to give patients an extraordinary level of care, which is known as The Sharp Experience.
“We have an in-house military liaison, Syrena Harris, who guides military candidates through our application process,” says Davis. “She often reviews resumes, provides suggestions to tailor a resume for a desired position and discusses interviewing skills. It is very important to us as an organization to support this community, work closely with the military and help candidates find roles that fit their goals and contribute to Sharp’s mission.”
Heesch, a Sharp Rees-Stealy licensed practice nurse (LVN), found that Harris was committed to helping her through all phases of her hiring and orientation process. She valued the parallels between serving as a member of the military and working at Sharp.
“The Navy is a structured, high-reliability organization and I saw striking resemblances between the military and Sharp,” Heesch says. “Sharp has a clear mission, vision and values, and commits much of its resources into creating a culture that fosters teamwork and success — I had heard about The Sharp Experience and realized that I wanted to be a part of that mission.”