Are you "required" to volunteer? - page 2

Just got the syllabus for this semester's class, and we're *required* to "volunteer in the community" for two hours and then write a reflection paper on the experience. Note, this is NOT... Read More

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    Quote from brillohead
    Just got the syllabus for this semester's class, and we're *required* to "volunteer in the community" for two hours and then write a reflection paper on the experience.

    Note, this is NOT nursing-related volunteering, we don't wear our clinical scrubs or anything to identify us as students, etc. This is allegedly so we can get a "service learning" endorsement on our diplomas, but we already accomplished that with an earlier project in our first year.

    This just seems soooooooo odd to me. How can it be teaching us to volunteer and contribute to our community if it's a REQUIREMENT in order to pass the class?

    Note that I'm not anti-volunteering in the least ... I was a Red Cross Volunteen working in nursing homes, chapter houses, bloodmobiles, etc., as soon as I was old enough to do so! It's just that, to me, all it will do is turn people OFF from volunteering if it's FORCED upon them, particularly since we're required to volunteer in the community where our school is located, rather than the community where we live.

    Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone else has this "volunteering requirement" in their program?

    Volunteer? No. Doing Community Service during nursing school? Yes, for my school.
    Community Service at my school includes: health screenings & health fairs and more. I believe its a necessary part of giving back to my community, it is school policy and mandatory, plus it makes one feel good about doing it.

    Of course, we can volunteer at our hospital, if we wish. But, volunteering is not mandatory. I can get a job as PCT after my first semester of nursing school is completed.
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  3. Visit  brillohead} profile page
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    More clarification:

    This is separate from our "community nursing" clinicals. I'll be doing my community nursing clinicals in an elementary school.

    We have already fulfilled our "service learning" requirement in a previous class.

    I personally have nothing against volunteering -- I just feel that the idea of "mandatory volunteering" is an oxymoron. When I think of mandatory community service, I think of criminals being sentenced.
  4. Visit  GrnTea} profile page
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    it's not all about you, you know. your community sees students from the college of nursing out there being good community citizens in the community that offers its resources to your program for your benefit. say thank you and give them an opportunity to think well of your program. you never know when the goodwill might come in handy.
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  5. Visit  nu rn} profile page
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    No, but being a member of the student nurses' association was pushed pretty hard & volunteering/community evens were performed through that.
  6. Visit  WorldTravelingYogi} profile page
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    Quote from Glad2baSN
    We don't look at it as "volunteer" for our Community Health class. We do however, work in the community, either in community health vans, day care centers, community clinics, etc. In addition, I do volunteer at Health fairs and soup kitchens, that can be counted as part of the community and write a reflection (1 page) paper if I wanted to. The incentive is, any health fairs I "volunteer" at can be counted as my clinical and therefore don't need to come in on my regular clinical day.
    Would you really want less clinical time? I mean you would rather be at a health fair then in the hospital? I would never do that but maybe we have less clinical time then most people.

    To the OP: No we don't have to do that. It seems quite absurd to do 2 hours of volunteer work, only 2 hours. Very silly.
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    Quote from grntea
    it's not all about you, you know. your community sees students from the college of nursing out there being good community citizens in the community that offers its resources to your program for your benefit. say thank you and give them an opportunity to think well of your program. you never know when the goodwill might come in handy.
    wow, judgmental much?

    for the record, we're not seen as "students of the college of nursing" when we're doing this "mandatory volunteering" -- we're dressed in street clothes with nothing to identify us as nursing students, and we're not allowed to do any kind of "nursing" activity because we're not in a clinical setting and we're not with a clinical instructor.

    and as i've said before, i have nothing against volunteering in general, and i've been doing volunteer work for over three decades now. i'm quite familiar with the concept, thankyouverymuch.
  8. Visit  Despareux} profile page
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    We have to do a minimum of 6 hours before we can graduate and it must be health related. I think community service/volunteer is a wonderful idea. It's an easy way to get to know your resources and it's also a great way to network. The most valuable experience I've gained from my community service experience is, learning how to develop a resource/program for my community, in an area of nursing that interests me. I know after graduation, jobs may be hard to come by, and implementing my program may help keep me up on my nursing skills, especially the teaching and communication aspect.

    To reiterate; yes, community service/volunteer experience can be super valuable.


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