I was nervous I was going to end up just answering phones or something but I got to work on the floor. The charge nurse showed me around and had me get fresh water for all the patients since it was morning and many hadn't gotten any yet. After that there wasn't much to do so I answered call lights to sort of field them. Sometimes if it was something simple like taking a tray I just did it but for any real care I had to call a nurse, but at least then I could tell them what the patient needed to save them a trip.
I did end up being a little bored the last hour or so though so I'm switching to doing 2 hours twice a week instead of 4 hours once a week so hopefully I'll be busier and get exposure to more people, both staff and patients. The charge nurse was really nice and went out of her way to make sure I got to see some different things even if they weren't things that I could help with, knowing that I was a pre-nursing student. She also answered some questions I had, like whether this particular hospital hires a lot of new grads (they do! yay!).
The floor I was on was mainly med/surg but it's also kind of a catch-all for anything not ICU or in labor.
I'm really glad I decided to do it. Sometimes at this stage of just doing prereqs I worry that maybe I won't like nursing after all but doing stuff like this makes me feel more confident that nursing is for me. I'm eager to actually do care so I'm looking forward to getting my CNA.
How about you? Are you volunteering? How is it going?