Volunteers on this unit work independently and with nursing staff to improve the hospital experience of patients. Volunteer duties range widely and include conversing with patients, obtaining books and videos from the library, playing games, going on walks, assisting nursing staff, transporting patients to procedures, re-stocking, and clerical duties.
Volunteers who prove to be reliable and dependable may have the opportunity to observe in-room surgical procedures.
Volunteers must be able to communicate and interact with patients of all ages, recognize and work around physical limitations, be aware of safety factors, possess good judgment, work independently, be self-directed, and have an interest in health care.
All prospective volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation, where they will receive training and information specific to their subunit.
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.
Volunteer shifts are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. Volunteers need to sign up for two 1.5-hour shifts or one 3-hour shift each week.
Areas of Study Best Suited
This unit is especially appropriate for pre-medical and pre-nursing students.