With seven students (all of whom are male) this year’s STEP (Seamless Transition through Enhanced Partnership) class at Boone Hospital Center is the biggest ever.

Maurice, Aimable, Demetrius, LaTavious, Evan, Nick, and Justin have nearly completed their first semester in the program at Boone Hospital with great success.

“This is a great group of students,” STEP Career Specialist Barb Wright says. “Each has hit the ground running in his position.”

Maurice is working in Distribution, stocking isolation closets in the central and south towers. Isolation closets are marked for staff caring for patients who are a contamination risk.

To do this job, Maurice must have the quantity of every single item needed in the closets memorized. And he needs stamina to do it. There are 132 closets to check and stock. He averages a mile and a half a day on this task.

Aimable’s internship is in Central Services. He is responsible for getting surgical tray carts from the Operating Room down to Central Services for sterilization. Then he returns them to the OR.

“This is a big deal,” Wright explains. “To have access to the OR is an honor.”

He also assembles intubation kits, rolls medical tubing, and wraps pans for sterilization. In his downtime, he uses his organization skills to tidy equipment.

Demetrius is in his element keeping the hospital nice and clean. He cleans 11 bathrooms and the employee lounge throughout the day.

On top of liking to clean, he is also very safety conscious, never forgetting to put out safety signs. “He does a great job!” a Boone Hospital employee comments.

LaTavious has the title of House Orderly. He works hard to keep the whole hospital stocked with oxygen tanks and wheelchairs. He also transports patients wherever they need to go.

LaTavious has done double duty to succeed. He is efficient and careful with the oxygen tanks while being personable with patients.

Evan, known as the pun king, has three jobs! He replenishes and cleans the patient pantry in the South Tower, stocks patient rooms with linens, and cleans five staff lounges.

Of the three, his favorite is cleaning the pantry because he enjoys making coffee and the routine this job offers. He also gets a lot of recognition from the staff for his hard work. “Have a pun-tastic day!” Evan jokes.

Nick works as a Cafeteria Attendant. This is the first year this job has been offered. His coworkers love it so much, that they got him a personalized broom and dust pan.

As the first person in the position, Nick has developed the routine and set the expectations for the job. He works hard every day sweeping and vacuuming, and cleaning tables, chairs, booths, and windows according hospital standards. His is goal is to have the cafeteria spotless for the lunch rush.

He has also become the unofficial cafeteria greeter, which suits Nick’s friendly demeanor.

Justin covers not just one floor but three! He cleans around 20 bathrooms, the STEP classroom, and a few offices and break rooms.

To Justin, this is a great job because he likes to clean. The sanitizing guru’s standard greeting is an elbow tap, not a handshake.

He is not shy about sharing his desire to earn a paycheck. “I want to make money!” Justin declares.

Each one of these interns is working toward independence, doing the job without the help of a job coach. Each year, the goal is to have no supports by February.

They are all well on their way, phasing out their coaches little by little as the weeks go by.

“This has been a fun group,” Wright says. “This has been the first class of seven and the first class with 2 sets of best friends…which has been fun.”

Keep up the good work, students!