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Lauren Pukay: Spotlight

Sonali Sitaram
Author: Sonali Sitaram
Date: July 6, 2022
Tags: D&i, Healthcare, Our Team, Staffing

Amergis Healthcare Staffing is a leading provider of healthcare professionals for institutions across the country. We are successful solely due to to the effort and commitment of our team members. So, each month, our Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) board puts the spotlight on an Amergis employee who has adhered to our company’s core values of:

For July’s spotlight, we spoke with Lauren Pukay, who started as an intern and is now an Instructional Designer at HQ.

Q & A with Lauren

How did you come to join Amergis?

I started my career with [Amergis] last year as a summer intern for the Centers of Excellence team. When the summer ended, I asked to stay on to fulfill my internship requirement needed for school. I was able to do so, my summer internship turned into a fall internship, and after I graduated in December, the internship turned into a temporary position with the company. While in the temporary position, I shadowed Learning and Development (L&D) and enjoyed it so I applied for the full-time position as an Instructional Designer.

What advice do you have for employees looking to get involved at Amergis?

I would say to reach out to people that are already involved. Get to know your coworkers to see what their interests are and how they are involved within [Amergis]. Also, don’t be afraid to participate and show your passion in different areas.

How has diversity contributed to you achieving success in your current position?

I continue to grow in my position by learning from all of my peers at work. [Amergis] brings people from all different backgrounds, experiences and lifestyles to work together and exchange ideas, which allows for growth and development that you would not see if you did not give the opportunity to hear different people’s voices.

This July, we celebrate Intern Day. Can you share why you think it is important for companies to celebrate their interns?

I have had multiple internships in my career, as well as other part-time and volunteer opportunities. I think that internships really do set a person up to understand how the field they are interning in operates. Whether they are performing tasks or observing, internships help you get ready for the workforce.

We want to show that [Amergis’s] interns are valued and are doing important work while destigmatizing the idea that interns are hired just to do busy work and get coffee. [Amergis] must continue to give opportunities to show our appreciation for our interns, so that when their internships are over, they gain real-world experience and helpful skills, and hopefully want to join the organization full-time like me.

What is something unique that most people do not know about you?

For most of my childhood, I was a competitive Irish dancer, and I have competed around the United States and Canada.

How do you unwind after a long day at work?

I love to come home and hang out with my cat while reading books or binging a show on Netflix or Hulu. In the summers, I love to go on walks around my neighborhood and get ice cream.

Explore Career Opportunities with Help from Amergis Healthcare Staffing

Just as Lauren found a place where she belongs at Amergis, there are career opportunities available both internally and externally for motivated individuals. If you’re interested in becoming a recruiter with Amergis or you’re a healthcare professional ready to make a career change, we can help. Reach out online or visit our jobs site today.

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