The Main Operating Room is divided into subunits: the operating rooms (OR) and CORE. Volunteers in the OR work alongside staff to help clean and turnover operating rooms in between surgeries. This task includes wiping down surfaces and helping to set up for the next incoming surgery. Volunteers in the CORE will help with the organization and preparation of OR supplies. Other tasks include inventory, cleaning, checking outdated supplies, and scanning instruments. Volunteers who have 20 hours in either subunit can observe a procedure. This unit is a good placement for those less focused on patient interaction but have a strong interest in healthcare and want to get introduced to the OR environment. Volunteers should be able to work independently and follow OR precautions.
All prospective Main Operating Room volunteers will attend a large group orientation, where they will receive general University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation to receive training and information specific to their subunit. The OR requires “sterile environment training.” Finally, all volunteers must spend a complete shift with an experienced volunteer mentor or staff member before “earning their wings” (more information about the mentor program will be provided during orientation).
The dress code for volunteers in the OR are scrubs, bouffant, and surgical mask that will be provided when on the unit. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.
The OR and CORE are open to volunteers Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The CORE also has shift availability on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. The OR allows two volunteers at once.
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.