On this service, volunteer duties range from clerical work to assisting health practitioners and interacting with patients. Volunteers will be asked to perform simple first aid tasks for patients, as well as making beds and aiding patients in walking. Those wanting to volunteer in this unit should be outgoing and looking for a different experience every time they volunteer. Dependability is especially important as the staff works closely with volunteers.
All prospective Surgery Specialty Services volunteers will attend large group orientation where they will receive general University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation, there they will receive training and information specific to their unit. Volunteers will receive training from the unit staff and, if needed, further guidance from a volunteer mentor (more information about the mentor program will be provided during orientation).
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 Surgery Specialty Unit is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The times with the greatest need for volunteers are afternoons and evenings, but scheduling of the hours is flexible with opportunities to serve on weekends as well. All volunteer hours should be completed in the unit.
Areas of Study Best Suited
This unit is a great for pre-health sciences students or anyone interested in gaining patient interaction experience, as well as those who desire to work alongside medical caregivers. Predominantly surgical patients (GI Transplant, GI, Bariatric, Trauma, Vascular) that require extensive collaboration with physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, social workers, residents, and nurses.