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Anybody volunteering at a hospital?

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by NSFA08 NSFA08 (Member) Member

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Are you completing your pre-reqs and volunteering at a hospital to kind-of get your feet wet?

If so, what are you doing? What department are you volunteering in? Do you think you'll ultimately try to work in that facility after school?

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well, i haven't volunteered in several years. the summer after middle school, a couple of my friends and i had signed up to volunteer for this summer program called "volunteen". we were all attending the medical-oriented magnet high school here and were all like "okay, why not?". i thought that'd i'd just be doing pretty simple stuff like passing out water and getting supplies from the little supply closet, maybe keeping some patients' company. boy was i wrong. it was seriously child labor (i had only turned 14 that summer); at first i was at a hospital -- it wasn't bad at all. i worked on the pulmonary unit. all i did was hang around with the LPNs and see what they did, along with the aforementioned simple stuff. the contract had ended between the school and the hospital midway through the volunteer program and we ended up at a long-term care facility. wow, i basically did what a CNA does... bed baths, lifting patients, changing "diapers". at that time i was just all shut-up-and-do-what-you're-supposed to be told naive teenager, but seriously when i think back, the work i did was a little too much for a 14 year old to be thrown into. that certainly got my "feet wet".

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Yup, I've been volunteering at our local hospital for about 14 months now. I'm on the birth unit and I'm so glad that I'm doing this. I've learned quite a lot... mostly from observing (some eavesdropping :idea:)LOL ... but it's been really helpful just familiarizing myself with how everything works... I don't get to have any real patient contact... other than asking them if they need anything (like water or crackers)... or discharges... but I have seen some things that would blow your mind...

Actually, just last week I was in the soiled utility room rinsing off surgical instruments and I looked over and there was this plastic bag filled with water sitting on the counter. I looked at it a bit closer and saw something inside. It took me a minute or two, but I realized it had to be a fetus. So I asked the nurse what was in it and it was a 16 week old fetus that had been delivered and was waiting to be sent for tests. You could see it's arms and legs... and tiny little hands. I even saw the umbilical cord.

I've also seen a baby who was stillborn due to Trisomy 18, and I've seen how the staff gets along and what goes on behind the scenes.

I mostly stay to myself and just do the required tasks that I'm suppose to do. But I'm kind of like a fly on the wall... I've really learned a lot and seen a lot just from volunteering.

BTW: I'd LOVE to work there someday. That's ultimately why I chose to volunteer there. I don't necessarily need it to apply for nursing school. I just wanted to gain some experience and make myself known around this hospital I hope to work at someday....

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I was waiting for a thread like this!! lol Or I was going to post it! lol

Now I will deffinitely research volunteering at a local hospital....what a great way to earn some experience!

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I'm going to start volunteering at a university hospital next week! I will be starting in physical therapy (they let you pick your department) and will most likely move around. At this particular hospital they need the most help in the ER, but I'm too nervous to start there since I haven't started school yet (I start this fall) and I don't know if I am ready to witness that much action!

I am very excited to observe the nurses and learn as much as I can.

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Looks like we are all in the same boat! I have been looking online at local hospitals etc, to get information about there volunteer programs. Not sure how Im gonna fit full time school, part time work and a some volunteering but I would really like to! Good luck everyone!

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meant4me2 specializes in LTC, Medical Day Care.

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Hello all!! New to the board!

I actually just replied to a post about the same subject!:wink2:

Anyone who would volunteer, work in patient care, hospice..etc....very, very wise!! The experience of observing(which doesnt last long)..you will actually be doing hands on patient care..if hired to be a tech, or CNA.

Usually within a few days or weeks one will know without a doubt if this is their calling....

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Spotty44 has 1 years experience and specializes in Orthopedics.

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I've worked in a hospital for 5 years as a Physical Therapy Aide. I work with both inpatients and outpatients. The experience has been amazing and I know it will help me in nursing school. I'm not sure if I want to work in my facility after nursing school though, It's an hour and 40 minute commute :uhoh3:

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