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I am currently a Surgical Telemetry nurse at Salem Hospital, but have always wanted to get into public health. Marion County does not seem to have the greatest public health system, so I am looking for advice from others who may know of volunteer opportunities or other avenues in the Portland area that would get my foot in the door. Thanks!

marachne

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Specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care, Gero, dementia.
I am currently a Surgical Telemetry nurse at Salem Hospital, but have always wanted to get into public health. Marion County does not seem to have the greatest public health system, so I am looking for advice from others who may know of volunteer opportunities or other avenues in the Portland area that would get my foot in the door. Thanks!

Two places that come to mind are Outside In, which provides services to homeless youth and has a huge volunteer program specifically for people w/a medical background, http://www.outsidein.org/volunteer.htm

and Virginia Garcia Memorial Medical Center -- I don't know about volunteers and you probably need to have pretty good Spanish language skills.

Also, Our House of Portland may be able to use you -- they work w/people with HIV/AIDs

Finally, I just put into google health care volunteering in Portland and got a listing through Business Week, plus this one via Reed College: http://www.reed.edu/seeds/volunteer/volunteer_health_care.html

It's amazing what one can find w/just using a search engine!

RNmb

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Thanks, the Reed website was exactly what I was looking for!

marachne

349 Posts

Specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care, Gero, dementia.
Thanks, the Reed website was exactly what I was looking for!

Glad it worked for you -- really encourage checking out Outside In. They are set up to work w/students and HC professionals.

Specializes in Geriatrics/Orthopedics/CDU/LTC/SNF.

For Eugene, OR!?! I'm interested in a volunteer program as well!

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