Volunteers in this unit work with Child Life 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 spend time in the waiting room area playing with children and assist with management, maintenance and cleaning of toys and playroom.
Each volunteer is oriented to the unit. Each volunteer is oriented to the principles of patient-and-family centered care at Stead Family Children’s Hospital, receives a unit specific orientation, including patient satisfaction, and completes mandatory compliance training through UIHC Volunteer Services Department. Each volunteer will arrange and participate in a mentorship with PSC Child Life Student Employee.
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.
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.