The main task of volunteers on this unit is to assist the nursing staff with critically ill patients. The majority of patients will be very sick, undergoing various procedures and confined to their beds. Volunteers will talk with patients, help patients acquire materials of their choice from the patient's library, write letters for patients who have been discharged, stock patients' rooms with linens, and more. Outgoing volunteers who can take initiative and get things accomplished, especially when the unit is slow, will benefit the most from the MICU.
All prospective volunteers are required to attend large group orientation to receive general information on hospital volunteering. A mandatory small group orientation will be held to receive specific training and information and to tour the MICU. Volunteers must also familiarize themselves with the unit by completing a shift with an experienced volunteer mentor before they can begin on their own.
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.
The unit will be open for volunteers from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday. Volunteers will be expected to spend three hours per week in the MICU and shifts are available in one and a half or three-hour blocks.
Areas of Study Best Suited
This unit will be best suited for anyone majoring in any pre-health science field. Volunteers on this unit should be outgoing and ready for exposure to a fast-paced environment.