How can I help??

  1. I am an ER volunteer, beginning my LPN program in July. I have finished my pre-reqs and have been in the MA program, so have some med. background. I consider myself pretty able, but of course not being licensed, can't do everything. How do I make sure that the nurses I work with know this and I'm not just there to be in the way? Most are really great, letting me observe procedures and asking for my help, but I know that some just consider me a nuisance.

    Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!!
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   GingerSue
    I guess just keep offering to help, and keep asking to observe.
  4. by   traumaRUs
    I work in a large level one trauma center and our volunteers help with transporting patients, bringing them water and answering lights.
  5. by   purplemania
    do you have a job description outlining your duties? Are volunteers allowed to do direct patient care? (seems like a liability to me). Does your ID badge indicate your status? If asked to do something beyond your scope you just need to reply "sorry, I would be glad to assist but I am not qualified to do that". Nurses understand that.

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