Volunteers will assist nurses in organizing, filing, and transporting charts, as well as preparing gowns and other medical supplies. Volunteers will also greet patients and help patients with computer health assessment. Confidentiality is crucial for these units, as volunteers will be dealing with patient information.
All sub-units are interested in self-directed, confident, outgoing, and independent students who are eager to make a difference and, importantly, respect the confidentiality of all patients.
All prospective volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation to receive training and information specific to their sub-unit.
Finally, all volunteers must spend a complete shift with an experienced volunteer mentor before "earning their wings" (more information about the mentor program will be provided during orientation).
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.
DoSA is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers need to sign up for 3 hours each week and may split that time into one-hour or two-hour shifts. All volunteer hours should be completed in the same sub-unit.
Areas of Study Best Suited
This unit is a great fit for students in pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-physical therapy, pre-dentistry, and anyone with a strong interest in health care.