Ok here is my case...:wink2:
I am a BSN grad, educated outside the US (to be more specific, the Philippines), passed my nclex here in the US last year and completed my visascreen also in 2008.
I am currently studying a computer related course in LA, with that I carry a student visa (F1).
That means I am not a US citizen, without an SSN all that stuff...
My question is, Can I volunteer in a skilled nursing facility???...
I have no intention of being employed there...Just want to do something in days I don't have school. It gets sooo boring you know...
What are my responsibilities as a volunteer? Is there a such a thing as a NURSE VOLUNTEER?...
thank you all in advance...
To my knowledge there is no "volunteer nurses" in the U.S. excluding the American Red Cross. To do so go to http://www.redcross.org/services/volunteer/
But remember these types of volunteering is most related to disasters; hurricanes, wild fires, flooding, etc. Not something that you can pick certain days to volunteer, you are at their need for nurses. The only other option I know of is http://www.peacecorps.gov/
, but then these type of websites help the nurse find international needs, even in your home country of the Philippines. You'll have a better chance being able to volunteer (which prevents you from doing anything as a nurse), at a hospital, but even then they may need to validate you have no active local license as a nurse...
God Bless America! Land of the red tape! :roll
Last edit by azxyrn on Jan 17, '09
: Reason: forgot a phrase, needed to add, and many misspellings corrected.
Jan 18, '09
by achot chavi
You may volunteer but may not be covered legally for professional nursing responsibilities- you may feed and help as any volunteer but may not distribute meds or do treatments.
Good for you that you want to give of your free time!!!
Last edit by achot chavi on Jan 18, '09