Volunteers in this unit work with Child Life and nursing staff to make a child's visit to the hospital less scary and tense. The primary duty of volunteers in the Pediatric Specialty Clinic (PSC) is to deliver toys to exam rooms using the toy wagon. Volunteers take games, puzzles, books, dolls, toy cars, and nearly every other form of fun imaginable to the young patients visiting the unit. Volunteers also spend time in the waiting room area playing with children as they wait for their appointment.
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.
Volunteers in the PSC can choose from times ranging from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Three hours total are expected from unit volunteers. Typically, two hours are spent with the wagon and one in the waiting room; these shifts need not be on the same day.
Areas of Study Best Suited
This unit is great for any major, whether it be health science-related, education, or open. Students interested in working with children in the future are encouraged to volunteer. Simply put, volunteers need only a strong desire to work with children and have fun.