I already posted this in the PA nursing program discussion thread but thought I would post it here as well.
I have decided to look into volunteer opportunities at my local hospital (St Lukes in Bethlehem PA) and found that they have a lot of openings for a variety of things. One that caught my eye was Nurse Aide and this is the description of it:
Assists staff in all aspects of non clinical patient care. This may include bed making, restocking supplies, providing water, and socialization activities with patients.
I thought since it was somewhat like a CNA role (only lessened by a 1000%) that it would be a nice compliment to my CNA course and maybe I could learn some tricks of the trade. Another huge plus would be that I could scope out the environment and see if it's a good place to work or not without having to go through the actual hiring process. Plus I'm hoping (a big FAT hope) that if they feel I'm a great volunteer that they'll hire me on once I graduate.
Has anyone else volunteered while going for their CNA? Did you find it beneficial? How are volunteers usually treated by other staff?
Aug 27, '10
I volunteer at my local hospital doing pretty much the same job you posted. It's been beneficial. The experience is a huge plus and you can and should put it on your resume. It looks good if you want to continue on to nursing school
. Most of all, it makes you feel good. The staff have always been very nice to me. They appreciate the help.