I am looking into volunteering in the COPE Clinical Care Extender program in Southern California. If you could help answer a few questions, that would be great!
1. How hard is it to get into volunteering for this opportunity? (I do not have ANY healthcare experience. At most, I'm taking my first nursing pre-requisite class.)
2. What hospital did you or do you volunteer at? What kind of experiences did/do you have?
I'm starting to prepare myself for a 2nd career in the healthcare industry (possibly nursing but I'm not sure yet). I already have a bachelor's degree and hope to volunteer at a hospital to get me better exposure at what healthcare professionals do.
Thanks so much for your time!
Feb 4, '09
The CCE program is the best way for a person with no medical background to see if a career in the healthcare industry is right for them. I was in the program for a couple of months until schedule conflicts at work and school prevented me from participating.
1. All you need to do is send your application. Once selected, they will ask you to come in for an interview. Just do your best and answer their questions. That's pretty much how I got in.
2. I did all of my clinical shifts at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina. It's a bigger facility than the other options.
Feb 6, '09
I didn't find it to be too difficult to get "hired."
Pretty much everyone who filled out an application was told to come for an interview. They were group interviews with about 4 applicants and 2 interviewers. We each got 2 or 3 questions (I think) and then I forget what happened after that (whether they told us on the spot or if we got a call).
I had to do 3 8 hour days of orientation (all on weekends) - but lunch and breakfast were provided.
You need to get BLS certified and get a TB test and your Hep B (which you'll need anyways if you're going into nursing).
I had no healthcare experience prior to this and actually hadn't even been in a hospital before and I thought it was an excellent opportunity for me. I felt like once I was in nursing school, I wasn't afraid to talk to patients or other nurses and I felt comfortable in the hospital setting.
I did my CCE at Hoag Hospital in Newport. I had rotations through medical pulmonary, telemetry, GI lab and L&D but the hospital pretty much offered experiences in any unit (even ER and sub-ICU I believe).
They are a really nice hospital and I hoped that my experience there would help me get a job once I finished school but they never posted any openings for new grads and every time i called they kept telling me to check online...but anyways...I say go for it and try to do as much as you can while you're there.
Mar 7, '09
what kind of questions do the ask in the interview??? I didn't know it would be so much like the hiring process in order to be able to volunteer!
Jan 16, '10
I recently went through the entire interview/app process a week before christmas.
My location was at St. Mary's Medical Center in Long Beach.
You have to schedule an interview online and yes, dress business casual. They asked us to bring our applications to the interview and there were about 10 applicants and 3 people doing the interview. I think there are a total of about 5 or 6 questions and the first few are kind of icebreaker questions and more laid-back. There were about 3 or 4 questions that really got to the root of what they were looking for. Just be sure you're able to commit to the program of working at least once a week for 3-4 hours, have a true goal of being in healthcare, and just really be yourself. Generic answers are not always the best bet.
For instance, when asking what quality you'll bring to the program, trust me, someone will say "hardworking."
Sometimes they let you choose which questions to answer, but for the in depth questions they ask everyone their own question and some questions are repeated(used more than once).
There is also a written essay that they make you do before the interview starts. Nothing too difficult, just an opinion essay.
They email to let you know your acceptance and they require you to have a TB test from the last 3 months, 2 MMR shots in your lifetime, Hep B, and to be CPR certified. Everything else they'll let you know once you start the program.
Hope this helps!
May 27, '10
Does any one know what specific questions they ask in the interview?
May 31, '10
It's not like a work interview at all. Most people that interview get in. They ask questions like if you come across someone who starts throwing up what do you do. Are you able to to handle stressful situations and if you need to throw up what do you do. But even if you answer wrong they don't really care they just want to see if your compitent.
Jun 1, '10
what about the exam you take after the three day orientation? Is it hard?
Jun 1, '10
You get this like packet and for the 3 days of training you go over everything and then your tested on it. I studied the night before and got an A on it but if things don't come easy to you just read over the whole manual and they tell you most of the things that are on the test. So they will tell you to star this slide or what not. So it's not very hard. you must get 80% to enter into program.
Jun 1, '10
thanks for your help. My orientation is next weekend. Hope i make it =)
Jun 7, '10
Hey Stacey -
I am actually interviewing for the CCE program on June 13. How was your interview, did you get into the orientation group?
I am nervous for the interview! I tend to work well under pressure, so hopefully this helps out during the interview and I don't clam up!
Thanks, any insight would be great.
Jun 11, '10
Don't be nervous! It's a group interview and the environment is not very threatening or high-pressure at all. The questions are done in a round-robin style and you're not being viciously grilled or anything like that. The questions progress from work ethic/dedication/ability to commit-type questions to situational questions that kinda figure out whether you can think critically and quickly. You'll do fine, I'm sure. I had my interview last week.
Jun 16, '10
This is my 3rd attempt to post to this thread! I made 2 really great posts, but everytime I post, my connection crashes! *crosses fingers*
CCE is a really great program! To address the interview process, I was an interviewer. My suggestion, try to be the first one to answer the question. Remember, you're in a room with maybe 2-3 other applicants. Most of the questions kind of generate the same response from the applicants. I've sat in interviews where the answers were similar to the first one who answered. The first one who answered was usually the one accepted. I've turned down applicants before. I was looking for a person who really, really wanted the clinical experience, and who wouldn't be afraid to touch patients. YOU WILL TOUCH PATIENTS! You will clean BMs, empty urinals, do diaper changes. That exposures really cements whether or not you really want to be in the hospital setting. You will experience all sorts of sights, smells, and maybe even tastes if you're not careful! lol. Anyway, this is shorter and less detailed than my previous attempts, but good luck! Feel free to PM me if you need more info.
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