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Careers / Learners/ How to Arrange a Placement

Interested in a Placement at St. Joseph's?

Interested in a Placement at St. Joseph's?

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) gives priority to placements for learners registered with the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University and Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Sciences. However, when possible every effort is made to accommodate students from other universities/colleges that we are affiliated with.

Please be aware that the availability of and numbers of placements in specific areas is subject to change from semester to semester. We must be able to accommodate the learner by present budget, staffing level, and not interfere with corporate/unit initiatives.

Placement experiences are offered to ensure learning objectives are met while meeting the needs of our patients, families, and units in keeping with our Mission, Vision and Values. 

We expect the following from our learners:

  • To uphold the Mission and Values of SJHH
  • To follow the policies and procedures of the Hospital
  • To be supervised by a SJHH staff person or medical staff member or a supervisor provided by the partner learner institution
  • To ensure patient/client safety and care are not compromised
  • Complete all the required documentation and learning to work safely


SJHH reserves the right to:

    1. Participate in the selection of learners for placement
    2. Suspend (dismiss) any student whose conduct jeopardizes the well-being of patients/clients or staff
    3. Set rules/guidelines/requirements for specific services, atypical placements and specialized units

What to do:

Contact your school to learn about placements and application deadlines, and have your Academic Placement Coordinator contact SJHH:

Nursing Students

Stephanie Stokes, Academic Placement Coordinator for Nursing

Phone: 905.522.1155 x38010

Health Professions and Research Students

Peggy Bosanac, Academic Placement Coordinator Allied Health Learners

Phone: 905.522.1155 x32264 Email:

High School Co-op, and Non-Clinical Learner Students

Janice Swiderski, Assistant Coordinator, Volunteer Resources
Phone: 905-522-1155 x38162

Other Types of Learning Experiences with different preparation requirements:

· Medical Learners

· Research Visitors: Please contact the Research Institute Administration Coordinator, Serena Lu-Beskrovnyi at 905-522-1155 ext. 36115, or to inquire. 

· Observational job shadowing requests

· Volunteering: 905-522-1155 X31435

* All placements must be coordinated thought one of these contacts. Any staff member wishing to take on a student can make arrangements by contacting the appropriate person above.

How to prepare for a placement