2JCP is a brand new medical and specialized surgical inpatient unit at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. On this unit, volunteers assist the health care team in its care for patients for a wide range of diagnoses, including diabetes, wound management, respiratory diseases, cancer, and more. In addition, there are patients recovering from ENT, oral, and plastic surgeries. Volunteers ensure unit efficiency through a wide range of duties from conversing with patients, assisting nursing staff, transporting patients, and re-stocking. Due to the high amount of patient interaction and independent work expected from the position, volunteers must be self-motivated, outgoing, and compassionate.
All prospective Adult Acute Care Inpatient Unit volunteers will attend large group orientation where they will receive general University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics information. Volunteers will then attend small group orientation, where they will receive unit-specific information and training as well as a tour of the area. After the small group orientation, volunteers shadow an experienced volunteer mentor. This is helpful because it gives the volunteer a better understanding of how to react and apply what has been learned through the training sessions.
The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at Wild Rose Gifts (Main Entrance Lobby) Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.
Shifts are available all days of the week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Volunteers will be expected to spend at least three hours per week on the unit.
Areas of Study Best Suited
This unit is well suited, but not limited to, anyone majoring in any pre-health sciences field. However, any volunteer who is reliable, outgoing, and able to work independently is welcome!