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Scott Pottorff

Major: Kinesiology and Health



Year: Senior
Hometown/State: Iowa

Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: UNITY POINT
Company/Organization website: http://www.unitypoint.org/default.aspx
Title: Intern
Destination: Sioux City IOWA

Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
• Assisted with the education of St. Luke’s employees on injury prevention, safety and wellness • Participated in confidential medical screens and health screens for St. Luke’s employees • Provided N95 fit testing for 113 St. Lukes employees • Responsible for contacting the new employees for St. Lukes • Assessed work capacity, physiology and MET equivalent for patients at the Cardiac Rehab • Worked with the stairwell program for wellness update overexpansion • Assisted with legal cases related with worker’s compensation at the hospital • Served on the wellness and safety committee • Assisted with design and updated health related brochures • Health Coached

I accomplished...
Finished the internship with quality contacts in my field.

My most valuable effort...
Working at phase 2 of the cardiac rehab program. Working with individuals who had suffered heart failure and I developed an exercise program based on their METS.

I learned...
Not taking life for granted. Working at the hospital I saw a lot of very tragic accidents.

I will never forget...
Working with individuals with a heart transplant.

A surprising discovery...
A lot of the wellness in companies is done by RNs and not people with my degree

Advice for others...
Be ok with helping in any way, it doesn't matter if it is taking out the trash or vacuuming, having a positive attitude is very important in the work place as well.

I first learned about this career-building experience from...
Cold calling the health and wellness department on Unity Point.

I landed this assignment by...
Through cold calls

I wanted this experience because...
I thought having experience at a hospital would look good on a resume.

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