College Student Volunteer Placement Options

Unit: Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC)

SLB Member: Jeremy Marks (jeremymarksslb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: Volunteers in the Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) work closely with the nursing staff, assisting with duties such as patient transport, patient positioning, patient dressing, providing company to patients after surgery, comforting children before and after surgery, and transporting lab specimens. Other duties may include filing and chart return and retrieval.

The ASC is a fast-paced surgical care unit with high patient interaction, so volunteers in this unit must be self-directed, able to work independently, and possess strong communication skills. Most importantly, ALL volunteers are expected to respect the confidentiality of patients. Doctor shadowing opportunities to observe surgeries will be offered to consistent and reliable volunteers.

Training: All prospective ASC volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation, where they will receive training and information specific to the ASC and a brief tour of the UIHC. Volunteers will receive training from the nursing staff, and, if needed, further guidance from a volunteer mentor - more information about the mentor program will be provided during orientations.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: The ASC is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Three volunteer hours (not necessarily consecutive) per week are required, and all should be completed in the ASC.

Areas of Study Best Suited: This unit is a great fit for students in pre-med, pre-nursing, pre-pt, pre-dentistry, and anyone with a strong interest in healthcare.

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Unit: Bone Marrow Transplant Unit

SLB Member: Mason LaMarche (mason.lamarche.slb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: Duties range in this unit. Many of the patients are very sick here, but you still will be able to go around and visit with some. Visiting patients is especially important to patients whose families and friends have difficulty visiting. Volunteers also can help the nurses get the patients out of bed and move them around on the unit. Duties may also include running errands around the hospital, desk clerk duties, helping to change bulletin boards, and general assistance to the nurses.

Potential volunteers should be ready to smile and make conversation with patients. Volunteers should be outgoing individuals. Some of the workload will be self-directed, so motivation and responsibility are recommended. As with any other volunteer unit, dependability is a must.

Training: All prospective Bone Marrow Transplant volunteers are will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation, where they will receive unit specific training and receive a tour of the area.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: The Bone Marrow Transplant Unit is available to from 2 to 8 p.m. Volunteers may choose to have two 1.5 hour shifts or one 3 hour shift during the week.

Area of Study Best Suited: The Bone Marrow Transplant Unit is a great place to volunteer in, no matter what kind of health care field one might be interested in. It would be really great for volunteers interested in cancer and bone marrow transplants!

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Unit: Burn Treatment Center

SLB Member: Anya Kim (anyakim.slb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: The Burn Treatment Center is a critical and intermediate care, 16-bed unit, providing care for pediatric and adult patients with electrical, chemical, thermal, scalding, frostbite, and inhalation injuries. Other patient populations include: trauma patients, general surgery, patients requiring monitoring or intensive care observation, cardiovascular patients requiring thrombolytic therapy, and wound management patients.

Volunteers will perform tasks such as assisting nurses with bed and tub bathing, dressing changes and re-soaking procedures, restocking supplies, filing paperwork, organizing and cleaning toy room, talking and sitting with patients, playing with pediatric patients and young visitors, feeding and transporting patients, and projects such as fundraiser kits for burn camp.

While volunteering, there will be opportunities to view various procedures.

The Burn Treatment Center is best suited for volunteers who are self-motivated, friendly, enthusiastic, organized, and have a strong stomach. The unit also cares for pediatric patients, so volunteers should be able to work well with children.

Training: All prospective Burn Treatment Center volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation, where they will receive training and information about the unit and receive a tour of the area. Finally, ALL volunteers must spend a complete shift with an experienced volunteer mentor before they can volunteer on their own. This is an important step for getting a feel for what the unit is like and gaining experience before volunteering on your own.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: Two 1.5 hour shifts each week between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Area of Study Best Suited: Nursing, Pre-Medicine, Pre-PA, Radiology, best fit available for students interested in an Emergency Medicine or Trauma placement.

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Unit: Cancer Information Center

SLBMember: Kyra Vercande (kyravercandeslb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: The Holden Cancer Information Center provides information nationwide using sources such as the National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society. Volunteers in the Cancer Information Center will greet and assist patients in accessing information and resources as well as help unit staff complete periodic projects. Volunteers will work in either the Radiation Oncology Multimedia Room or the Cancer Clinic waiting area. They will be allowed to read or study between patients.

Volunteers in the Cancer Information Service should enjoy interacting with patients, have strong communication skills, and possess basic computer skills. They will also develop strong relationships with the unit staff.

Training: All prospective Cancer Information Center volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation, where they will receive training and information specific to their unit.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: The Cancer Information Center is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All volunteer hours should be completed in the Cancer Information Center. Scheduling of hours are flexible.

Areas of Study Best Suited: This unit is a great for students interested in oncology and gaining patient interaction.

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Unit: Cancer Inpatient Unit

SLB Member: Ben Grothe (benjamin-grothe@uiowa.edu)

Unit Description: Duties consist almost entirely of patient visitation on these units. The main task of volunteers on these units is to help relieve some of the stress that accompanies in-patient hospital stays.

Relieving stress is accomplished by visiting a patient's room and talking to them. Simply talking, playing a card game, or offering a hand in anything they might need is greatly appreciated by patients. Also, assisting nurses and the clerks in whatever they may need is another way volunteers serve the units.

The In-Patient Cancer Center Units can be chaotic and stressful places, so it is important that volunteers are self-motivated, confident, outgoing, and respectful of all patients and families.

Training: All prospective In-patient Cancer Unit volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will then attend small group orientation, where they will receive unit specific information and training as well as a tour of the area. After the small group orientation, volunteers shadow an experienced volunteer mentor. This is helpful because it gives the volunteer a better understanding of how to react and apply what has been learned through the training sessions.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: Shifts are available Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Arrangements can be made if interested in volunteering on weekends. Volunteers will be expected to spend at least three hours per week on the unit.

Area of Study Best Suited: This unit is well suited, but not limited to, anyone majoring in any pre-health sciences field. However, any volunteer who is reliable, outgoing, and able to work independently is welcome!

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Unit: Cardiology (4JCW, G)

SLB Member: Sara Hutchinson (sarahutchinsonslb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: Cardiology is a heart and vascular center focused on both recovery and long-term care. Volunteers serve a crucial role in the unit by assisting an environmental aide and other staff. From stocking supplies, to helping care for patients in the unit, and occasionally transporting patients to other locations within the hospital, Cardiology provides volunteers with a chance at patient interaction.

Volunteers for this unit are advised to be able to work independently, with both strong and assertive personalities. Volunteers must be able to communicate with both staff members and patients. It is essential that volunteers in this unit be reliable and make it to their schedule shifts throughout their volunteering commitment.

Training: Volunteers in Cardiology are required to attend large group orientation annually. In addition, small group orientation is required as an initial introduction the unit. After these orientations, volunteers have the option of meeting with a mentor to acquaint themselves former with the unit.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: Volunteers are accepted from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Area of Study Best Suited: Anyone interested in a career in healthcare (pre-med, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, etc.) may find the experiences in Cardiology beneficial. As mentioned above, individuals must have a friendly and assertive personality for this unit.

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Unit: Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU)

SLB Member: Serif Bacevac (serif.bacevacslb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: The CVICU is a pre- and post-operative care unit with twelve beds. Volunteers serve a crucial role in the unit by assisting staff at all levels of patient care. From stocking supplies, helping care for patients in the unit, and transporting patients to other locations within the hospital, the CVICU provides students with patient interaction. As a critical care unit, volunteers will also be able to see a wide range of activities performed by the physicians and staff within the unit.

Volunteers for this unit are advised to have strong stomachs and should be sociable and outgoing. Volunteers must be able to communicate one-on-one with patients and offer help to staff members throughout the unit.

It is essential that volunteers in this be reliable and make it to their schedule shifts throughout their volunteering commitment.

Training: Volunteers in the CVICU are required to attend large group orientation annually. In addition, small group orientation is required as an initial introduction the unit. After these orientations, volunteers will then match with a mentor, who will volunteer with them their first time.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: Volunteers are accepted from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day of the week.

Area of Study Best Suited: Anyone interested in a career in healthcare (pre-med, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, etc.) may find the experiences in the CVICU beneficial. As mentioned above, individuals must have an outgoing personality and a strong stomach for this unit.

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Unit: Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD)

SLB Member: Danny Linggonegoro (dannylinggonegoroSLB@gmail.com)

Unit Description: Volunteers in the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD) help to provide patients and their family a welcoming and comfortable experience. CDD volunteers may spend time with pediatric patients in the waiting room and exam room during various appointments and help staff with basic unit tasks. Unit tasks include organizing the waiting room and children's play area, as well as stocking patient and parent forms.

Training: All prospective CDD volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation to receive training and information specific to the CDD, including a brief tour of the area. Volunteers will receive training from the department staff.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: The CDD is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Three volunteer hours (not necessarily consecutive) per week are required.

Areas of Study Best Suited: This unit is a great fit for students who are dependable and able to quickly establish rapport with patients and hospital personnel.

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Unit: Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient Tutoring Unit

SLB Member: Danny Linggonegoro (dannylinggonegoroSLB@gmail.com)

Unit Description: The main task of volunteers in this unit is to supervise hospitalized children pre-school to high school age and help inpatients and Day Students keep up with coursework from our setting or their home schools.

Volunteer work typically consists of assisting as a behavior manager in small group situations (e.g. the elementary classroom, music, or activities) with children who display a variety of psychiatric disorders, working individually with students on assignments, providing basic instruction on a range of subjects, supervising use of computers for instruction or during free time, and helping with crafts and games during activity times.

The Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient Tutoring Unit is a demanding unit. It is important that volunteers always come to their scheduled volunteer time because the teachers depend on the extra help in the classroom. The psychiatric diagnoses of the students are quite varied, and volunteers must be able to handle different, pressing situations. Additionally, volunteers should show personal initiative to find tasks and jobs to be done when there is down time, and those with special skills (foreign language, mathematics, history, composition, etc.) are highly desired.

Training: All prospective volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation to receive training and information about the unit, as well as a tour of the area.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: Volunteers need to make a semester long commitment and be willing to work for at least two hours, preferably 3 hours, once a week or for 1 hour several days a week.  Volunteer hours are scheduled from 9:30-2:30 Monday through Friday.

Area of Study Best Suited: This unit is well-suited for anyone majoring in any pre-health sciences field, particularly psychology, but volunteers interested in becoming teachers or majoring in child development may also find it particularly rewarding.  It is also a great fit for anyone who enjoys spending time with children and wants to help make their experience at the UIHC a positive one.

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Unit: Concierge Services

SLBMember: Kyra Vercande (kyravercandeslb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: Volunteers on this unit work with Volunteer Services and the Concierge Service to provide a welcoming atmosphere for all patients. Basic duties in this position include greeting patients in hospital rooms and pointing out services provided by UI Hospitals and Clinics for their convenience. Volunteers may also be asked to spend time with specific patients in need of a visitor during times of family absence.

The ideal volunteer for this unit is outgoing, enjoys meeting new people, likes to help others feel comfortable, and respects the confidentiality of ALL our patients.

Training: All prospective volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation, where they will receive training and information specific to their subunit and a brief tour of the UIHC. Finally, ALL volunteers must spend two complete shifts, a total of 6 hours with an experienced volunteer mentor before "earning their wings" - more information about the mentor program will be provided during orientations. Volunteers in this unit will receive training in order to help fulfill patient requests and/or provide answers to specific patient questions.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers need to sign up for two 1 1/2-hour shifts or one 3-hour shift each week.

Areas of Study Best Suited: This unit is ideal for those looking for a broad-based experience on many inpatient units, those who are first time volunteers wanting direct patient interaction, students wishing to get a better understanding of a health care environment, or students that simply enjoy being around people.

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Unit: DeGowin Blood Center

SLB Member: Collin Beyer (collinbeyerslb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: Volunteers assist in tele-recruitment and contact potential blood donors. This is a vital task as the hospital could not function without the work of tele-recruiters and blood donors. Great opportunities for leadership positions are also available through the DeGowin Student Organization.

Volunteers will use DeGowin's computers and databases to generate call lists, make phone calls, and set up appointments with blood donors. Upon completion of one semester of tele-recruitment, students become eligible to participate in the DesOwen Student Organization. The Student Organization works to spread information about the importance of donating blood. Members assist in organizing blood drives in various locations around campus. Interested Student Organization candidates may see Paula Dayton or Elaine Nguyen for further information.

Volunteers must be friendly and outgoing. Personnel should enjoy talking on the phone and be able to work independently.

Training: All college student volunteers are required to attend large and small group orientation. During small group orientation, students will meet Paula Dayton, the unit's Donor Recruitment Coordinator, and receive a unit tour. Volunteers will also receive a training session from Paula. This training session will familiarize volunteers with the tele-recruiting process.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: Students are welcome to volunteer anytime from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. College student volunteers are expected to devote at least three hours of service per week to the hospital.

Area of Study Best Suited: One unit of donated blood can help save the lives of several people, and this unit is well suited for anybody who understands the importance of donating blood.

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Unit: Educational Services

SLB Member: Danny Linggonegoro (dannylinggonegoroSLB@gmail.com)

Unit Description: Volunteers help K-high school students with their homework during their stay at the hospital. Volunteers need no previous experience in education. This unit is great for anyone who wishes to work closely with children in their future.

The duties while volunteering in Educational Services may follow this type of order:

  1. Provide basic instruction in order to facilitate the student's return to the classroom.
  2. Maintain a REGULAR tutoring time.
  3. Pace lessons to meet the time frame of the class.
  4. Communicate information, questions, and concerns that directly affect the student's progress.

Training: All prospective Educational Services volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation to receive training and information about the unit, as well as a tour of the area.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: The Educational Services unit needs volunteers Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Volunteers are asked to sign up for a total of three hours per week, however the three hours cannot be done in succession.

Area of Study Best Suited: This unit is well suited for anyone majoring in any pre-health sciences field and is great for Education Majors. Special needs exist for tutors with expertise in calculus, geometry, advanced algebra, chemistry, physics, and foreign languages. Volunteers must be reliable and dedicated.

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Unit: Emergency Department

SLB Member: Nick Caputo (nicholas-caputo@uiowa.edu)

Unit Description: Volunteers on this unit will see patients from a wide variety of age groups and demographics. The main task of volunteers in this unit is to cater to the needs of the people visiting the emergency department in order to make their visit as stress free as possible.

This goal is often accomplished by getting toys or coloring books for the children and talking with the adults. There are other resources available including portable video game/DVD units that can be wheeled into the rooms. There are additional options to keep children occupied including putting on a movie or playing a video game with a patient.

While spending time on the unit there will be opportunities to view a wide range of procedures.

However, it is not required to view procedures in order to be on the unit, so a strong stomach is not necessary.

The ED can be a chaotic place and it is important that volunteers are self-directed, confident, outgoing, and respectful of all patients and families.

Training: All prospective ED volunteers will attend general volunteer orientation, where they will receive UIHC volunteering information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation, where they will receive training and information about ED which includes a tour of the area. Finally, ALL volunteers must spend at least one complete shift with an experienced volunteer mentor before they can volunteer on their own. This is an important step for getting a feel for what the unit is like and allows the volunteer to develop confidence and experience before volunteering on your own.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: Shifts are available in three hour blocks between 1and 10 p.m. daily.

Area of Study Best Suited: This unit is best suited for anyone who is in a pre-health care field, but it is also a great fit for anyone who enjoys spending time with children and wants to help make being in the hospital a more pleasant experience.

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Unit: Family and Internal Medicine Inpatient

SLB Member: Mohamed Rouabhi (mohamedrouabhi.slb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: Volunteers on this unit work independently and with nursing staff to improve the hospital experience of patients. Volunteer duties range widely and include conversing with patients, obtaining books and videos from the library, playing games, going on walks, assisting nursing staff, transporting patients to procedures, re-stocking, and clerical duties.

Volunteers who prove to be reliable and dependable may have the opportunity to observe in-room surgical procedures.
Volunteers must be able to communicate and interact with patients of all ages, recognize and work around physical limitations, be aware of safety factors, possess good judgment, work independently, be self-directed, and have an interest in healthcare.

Training: All prospective volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation, where they will receive training and information specific to their subunit.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: Volunteer shifts are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Volunteers need to sign up for two 1 1/2-hour shifts or one 3-hour shift each week.

Areas of Study Best Suited: This unit is especially appropriate for pre-medical and pre-nursing students.

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Unit: GI Surgery, Transplant and Trauma Inpatient Unit

SLB Member: Collin Beyer (collinbeyerslb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: On this unit, volunteer duties range from clerical work to assisting health practitioners and interacting with patients. Volunteers will be asked to perform simple first aid tasks for patients, as well as making beds and aiding patients in walking. Those wanting to volunteer in this unit should be outgoing and looking for a different experience every time they volunteer. Dependability is especially important as the staff works closely with volunteers.

Training: All prospective GI Surgery, Transplant and Trauma volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation, where they will receive training and information specific to their unit. Volunteers will receive training from the unit staff, and, if needed, further guidance from a volunteer mentor - more information about the mentor program will be provided during orientations.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: The GI Surgery, Transplant, and Trauma Inpatient Unit is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The times with the greatest need for volunteers are afternoons and evenings but scheduling of the hours is flexible with opportunities to serve on weekends as well. All volunteer hours should be completed in the unit.

Areas of Study Best Suited: This unit is a great for pre-health sciences students or anyone interested in gaining patient interaction, as well as those who desire to work alongside medical caregivers.

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Unit: Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center

SLB Member: Kyra Vercande (kyravercandeslb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: Volunteers in this unit provide wayfinding assistance to the patients and visitors of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. Specific duties include greeting patients, caregivers, and family members, initiating conversation with visitors, patient transportation, and ensuring a clean working area.

Training: All prospective Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will then attend small group orientation, where they will receive unit specific information and training as well as a tour of the area. After the small group orientation, volunteers will shadow an experienced community volunteer.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: Shifts are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers may serve in 1-3 hour shifts.

Area of Study Best Suited: This unit is well suited, but not limited to, anyone majoring in any pre-health sciences field. However, any volunteer who is reliable, outgoing, and friendly is welcome!

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Unit: Medical Intensive Care Unit

SLB Member: Ben Grothe (benjamin-grothe@uiowa.edu)

Unit Description: The main task of volunteers on this unit is to assist the nursing staff with critically ill patients. The majority of patients will be very sick, undergoing various procedures and confined to their bed.

Volunteers will assist by answering phones, filing, stocking supplies and running lab samples. Direct patient contact can be obtained if the volunteer feels comfortable helping the nursing staff with bathing, feeding and transportation.

While volunteering, there will be many opportunities to observe medical procedures. This is optional for the volunteers that are interested.

Volunteers that are outgoing and will take initiative to get things accomplished when the unit is slow will benefit the most from the MICU.

Training: All prospective volunteers are required to attend large group orientation to receive general information on hospital volunteering. A mandatory small group orientation will be held to receive specific training and information and to tour the MICU. Volunteers must also familiarize themselves with the unit by completing a shift with an experienced volunteer mentor before they can begin on their own.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: The unit will be open for volunteers from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Volunteers will be expected to spend three hours per week in the MICU and shifts are available in 1.5 or 3 hour blocks.

Area of Study Best Suited: This unit will be best suited for anyone majoring in any pre-health science field. Volunteers on this unit should be outgoing and ready for exposure to a fast paced environment.

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Unit: Mother/Baby Unit

SLB Member: Alexis Wright (alexiswrightslb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: The main task of volunteers in this unit is to help faculty and staff meet the needs of new and expecting mothers. This may include helping the staff do rounds, holding babies, and entertaining families.

Volunteers may help the nursing staff with caring for new and expecting mothers by getting water, doing vitals, and assisting with paperwork and answering phones. Other duties include assisting nursing staff with caretaking duties as needed and permitted by the condition of the infant; this may be done by calming and/or cuddling the infant. Volunteers may also be expected to give unit tours to incoming patients.

The Mother/baby unit can be a chaotic place and it is important that volunteers are self-directed, confident, outgoing, and respectful of all patients and families. Conversely the unit may be empty at times and volunteers need to be motivated to find jobs to keep busy.

Training: All prospective Mother/Baby Unit volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation, where they will receive additional training, as well as a tour of the unit. The opportunity to follow a mentor will be given to volunteers new to the unit before beginning to volunteer on their own.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: There are times available in three hour blocks on the weekends and one three hour time slot each weekday evening. There are also one and a half hour openings throughout the weekdays, though not from 2 to 4 p.m. Volunteers will be expected to spend at least three hours per week in the Mother/Baby Unit.

Area of Study Best Suited: This unit is well suited for anyone majoring in any pre-health sciences field, but it is also a great fit for anyone who wants a relaxing and rewarding volunteer experience. Volunteers must want to support a parent-infant relationship and make a special occasion stress-free for the patients.

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Unit: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

SLB Member: Velarchana Santhana (velarchanasanthanaslb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: There are two types of volunteers in the NICU, the clerks and the cuddlers. The clerks assist at the nurses and other workers at the front desk, allowing them a chance to become familiar with the NICU and its unique characteristics. The cuddlers do just that, they cuddle and comfort the babies, allowing the nurses to continue with their duties.

The clerks main responsibilities include answering phones, screening visitors, directing family concerns to nurses, and helping with paper work. It is the perfect way to get your foot in the door if you are hoping to be a cuddler. The cuddling position is only open to returning volunteers with 40 hours or more, but these hours can be from any unit in the hospital. When there are no babies to cuddle, volunteers can interact with the families or make name tags for the infants.

The NICU is best suited for self-motivated volunteers. The nurses and workers will not always seek out your help, you may have to ask and offer your assistance. This unit is great for all majors and areas of interest, especially if you want direct patient contact and a chance to see how the NICU runs!

Training: All prospective NICU volunteers are will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Clerks and cuddlers will also attend separate small group orientation, where they will receive training and information about the unit and receive a tour of the area. New cuddler volunteers will spend time with an experienced volunteer mentor before they volunteer on their own. This is an important step for becoming comfortable with the procedures and handling the infants.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: There are times available in 1.5 hour blocks throughout the entire day during both the week and weekend. Volunteers will be expected to spend at least three hours per week in the NICU.

Area of Study Best Suited: As stated before, this unit is great for all majors and areas of interest. As a clerk you can see how the unit runs and decide if you would be comfortable as a cuddler. Cuddling is perfect if you love infants and spending time with them!

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Unit: Neuroscience Intermediate Inpatient

SLBMember: Eli Schmidt (elischmidtslb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: The main goals of volunteers in the Neuroscience Intermediate Inpatient unit are to assist staff with functional and patient support. Some typical volunteer duties in this unit include visiting with patients, assisting the nursing staff with patient bathing, escorting patients to different areas of the unit and hospital, unit deliveries, clerical work, and cleaning.

Potential volunteers should be comfortable with having a large amount of patient interaction through out their volunteer shift. Also, volunteers are expected to be self-motivated as this unit may become very busy at times, especially when patients are being admitted to the unit. Responsibility is paramount for potential volunteers as he/she will be exposed to confidential patient information. There are opportunities to shadow the nursing staff, EEG technicians, neurologists, and neurosurgeons.

Training: All prospective Neurology volunteers will attend large group orientations, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation, where they will receive training and information specific to the Neurology unit and a brief tour of the area. Volunteers will receive training from the nursing staff, and, if needed, further guidance from a volunteer mentor - more information about the mentor program will be provided during orientations.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: The Neurology Unit is open Monday-Friday from8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Three volunteer hours per week are required, and all should be completed in the Neurology Unit. Volunteers may choose to have two 1.5 hour shift or one 3 hour shift during the week.

Areas of Study Best Suited: This unit is a great fit for students in pre-med, pre-nursing, pre-pt, pre-dentistry, and anyone with a strong interest in healthcare, especially in the field of neurology.

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Unit: Nonvascular Neurology and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

SLB Member: Eli Schmidt (elischmidtslb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: The Nonvascular Neurology and Epilepsy Monitoring unit is a unit in which volunteers will work closely with nursing staff to assist with duties associated with patient care, office work, and materials management. The bulk of patients that are admitted to this unit are there for EEG testing for disorders such as epilepsy.

Potential volunteers should be comfortable with having a large amount of patient interaction through out their volunteer shift. Responsibility is paramount for potential volunteers as he/she will be exposed to confidential patient information. There are opportunities to shadow the nursing staff, EEG technicians, neurologists, and neurosurgeons.

Training: All prospective Neurology volunteers will attend large group orientations, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation, where they will receive training and information specific to the Neurology unit and a brief tour of the area. Volunteers will receive training from the nursing staff, and, if needed, further guidance from a volunteer mentor - more information about the mentor program will be provided during orientations.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: The Neurology Unit is open Monday-Friday from 8a.m. to 4 p.m. Three volunteer hours per week are required, and all should be completed in the Neurology Unit. Volunteers may choose to have two 1.5 hour shift or one 3 hour shift during the week.

Areas of Study Best Suited: This unit is a great fit for students in pre-med, pre-nursing, pre-pt, pre-dentistry, and anyone with a strong interest in healthcare, especially in the field of neurology.

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Unit: Orthopedics Clinic

SLB Member: Mason LaMarche (mason.lamarche.slb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: The Orthopedic Clinics are a large and busy set of units with rotating daily focus - from scoliosis to club foot and more. This dynamic schedule provides volunteers with the opportunity to have a different experience each day. Tasks for volunteers include getting exam rooms ready between patient exams, helping out in the cast room (warning: not for the faint of heart), visiting with patients, completing paper projects, and helping staff with various errands and tasks. Volunteers should be self-motivated and are expected to be highly autonomous.

Training: All volunteers will attend large group orientations where they will receive general UIHC volunteer information. Ortho volunteers will also attend a small group orientation where they will receive a general overview and tour of the Orthopedic Clinics. Lastly, volunteers will receive training from a volunteer mentor during a mentor shift. If a mentor is not available, volunteers may instead shadow a staff member during in lieu of a mentor shift.

Uniform: If volunteers would like to wear anything other than the standard Volunteer Services polo with khaki pants, they must strictly follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing closed-toe shoes and the volunteer badge at all times. Official volunteer polos are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Hours Available: The Ortho Clinics are open to volunteers at the following times each week: Monday-Friday, 10am-1pm; Tuesday-Wednesday, 2pm-4pm; and Mondays only, 4pm-6pm.

Areas of Study Best Suited: This unit would be a great fit for anyone pursuing a career in healthcare, though pre-physical therapy students may be especially interested.  

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Unit: Palliative Care Unit

SLB Member: Jennifer Wu (jennifer-wu@uiowa.edu)

Unit Description: The Palliative Care Unit is centrally located at the east end of 7JCP/RSCCU, however this unit also includes  patients and families found throughout the hospital. The patients seen by the Palliative Care Team  have challenging symptoms, difficult decisions to make, or ongoing grief due to losses from their serious illness.  Volunteers in Palliative Care offer support and comfort for families and patients in one-on-one visits. Volunteer tasks include providing companionship for the patient, giving guidance to patients and family about hospital services, providing respite for the family, comforting through conversation and touch, providing an opportunity for life reflection, and helping with grief work -- recognizing that grief can come with life altering changes, as well as in end-of-life situations.

Each volunteer attends orientation specific to Palliative Care which includes shadowing an experienced volunteer.  Volunteers are also offered on-going training that emphasizes not only effectively providing for patients and family in this situation, but also how to care for themselves.

Training: All prospective Palliative Care volunteers are will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also need to attend separate small group orientation, where they will receive training and information about the unit and receive a tour of the area.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: The volunteer will need to split this unit with another one so that at least 1.5 hours are spent on the unit a week. Volunteers will be given a choice of an afternoon or evening shift that they will be required to attend once a week.

Area of Study Best Suited: This unit would be best for anyone interested in end of life care, aging, or gaining experience with patients and families that are going through difficult decisions, or have symptoms that have been difficult to manage.

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Unit: Patients' Library

SLB Member: Jeremy Marks (jeremymarksslb@gmail.com)

Description: The patients' library provides an excellent chance for interaction with the staff and patients at the UIHC. The library offers the same information as a public library, but is available to the patients, families, and staff. The library is staffed by volunteers every day of the week. Volunteers do a wide variety of jobs including delivering movies and books to patients, working at the front desk, and taking books around to children staying in the hospital from the Free Book Cart.

Volunteers will work alongside library and pediatric nursing staff, nursing assistants, as well as other college student and community volunteers.

Interested volunteers are encouraged to have strong social skills and be able to communicate and interact with a wide variety of patients. An outgoing personality is recommended and dependability is a must.

Training: All prospective Patients Library volunteers will need to attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also need to attend a small group orientation to receive training and information about the unit as well as a tour of the Library.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: The Patients Library is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Areas of Study Best Suited: Any areas in which strong social abilities are helpful. Library science or English majors are also encouraged to apply.

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Unit: 3JCP Pediatric Inpatient Unit (Child Life Volunteers)

SLB Member: Sameen Hosseini (sameen-hosseini@uiowa.edu)

Unit Description: Volunteers on this unit work independently and with the Child Life staff in daily activities for pediatric inpatients (18 months-18 years) such as arts & crafts, story-time, board games, and music therapy). Volunteers check-in with the Child Life staff to find out which patients are in need of some one-on-one time. Volunteers then spend time with the patient. Activities range from making crafts, playing video games, playing with toys in the playroom, to having a friendly conversation.

Volunteers must be able to communicate and interact with patients and their parents and families, recognize and work around physical limitations (such as IV poles, or recent surgery wounds), be aware of safety factors, possess good judgment, work independently, are self-directed, and have an interest in working with pediatric patients. Volunteers must be dependable, pleasant and helpful, sensitive to unspoken needs and aware of the importance of patient privacy.

Training: All prospective Child Life Volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation, where they will receive unit specific training and receive a tour of the area. Volunteers will be expected to complete a mentoring session of 1.5 hours with a current volunteer mentor on the unit.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a dress shirt or Volunteer Services polo, dress pants, and closed-toe shoes. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: Shifts are available Sunday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 to 5 p.m., and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Volunteers must complete 3 hours per week and have a regular weekly schedule.

Areas of Study Best Suited: Child Life, Social work, Nursing, Rehabilitation Therapies, Pre-med, PT, Pre-PA, Elementary Education, or anyone who is interested in working with children!

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Unit: 2JCP Pediatric Inpatient Unit (Cuddler and Unit Host) 

SLB Member: Sameen Hosseini (sameen-hossini@uiowa.edu)

Unit Description:

Volunteers on this floor work to promote the hospitalized infant/child’s growth and development by offering companionship, stimulation and/ or consolation and to offer companionship to siblings, other family, and friends of patients.

Volunteers also work independently and with the Child Life staff in daily activities for pediatric inpatients (18 months-18 years) such as arts & crafts, story-time, board games, and music therapy). Volunteers check in with the Child Life staff to find out which patients are in need of one-on-one time and then spend time with the patient. Activities include making crafts, playing video games, playing with toys in the playroom, or just having a friendly conversation.  

Additionally, volunteers are to provide/ review with patients/families 2JCP/UI Children’s/CWS/UIHC service/program information (as appropriate). While performing these tasks, the volunteer’s title will be the “Unit Host.” While nursing staff are required to provide certain information to patients and families at admission, Unit Hosts will help families by reviewing and reinforcing the service/program information.

Volunteers must be able to communicate and interact with patients and their parents and families, recognize and work around physical limitations (such as IV poles, or recent surgery wounds), be aware of safety factors, possess good judgment, work independently, are self-directed, and have an interest in working with pediatric patients. Volunteers must be dependable, pleasant and helpful, sensitive to unspoken needs and aware of the importance of patient privacy.

Training: All prospective Cuddlers and Unit Hosts Volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation, where they will receive unit specific training and receive a tour of the area.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a dress shirt or Volunteer Services polo, dress pants, and closed-toe shoes. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: Shifts are varied between 8am and 9pm.

Areas of Study Best Suited: Child Life, Social work, Nursing, Rehabilitation Therapies, Pre-med, PT, Pre-PA, Elementary Education, or anyone who is interested in working with children!

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Unit: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

SLB Member: Nick Caputo (nicholas-caputo@uiowa.edu)

Unit Description: In this unit, volunteer duties revolve around helping families that have children in the PICU. These duties include playing games with family members or assisting family members as needed. Volunteers will be responsible for showing the families around the hospital or helping entertain younger family members with games or activities. Volunteers in this unit must be very friendly, outgoing and motivated.

Training: All prospective PICU volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation, where they will receive training and information specific to their unit. Volunteers will receive training from the unit staff, and, if needed, further guidance from a volunteer mentor – more information about the mentor program will be provided during orientations.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: The PICU is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All volunteer hours should be completed in the unit. Scheduling of hours is flexible.

Areas of Study Best Suited: This unit is a great for students interested in gaining pediatric patient interaction.

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Unit: Pediatric Laptop Support

SLB Member: Jeremy Marks (jeremymarksslb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: In association with the Child Life Service here at the hospitals, we offer volunteers the chance to volunteer in Pediatric Laptop Support. This position involves taking laptop computers to patients staying at the hospital for an extended period of time and possibly demonstrating the use of the laptop.

Interested volunteers are recommended to have a bit of basic computer knowledge or the desire to learn, though the ability to interact with patients remains key. Some of the workload will be self-directed, so motivation and responsibility are recommended. As with any other volunteer unit, dependability is a must.

Volunteers will work alongside Child Life Specialists and nursing staff, as well as a Pediatric Laptop coordinator.

Training: All prospective Pediatric Laptop Support volunteers need to attend a large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also attend a small group orientation, where they will receive training and information about the unit and receive a tour of the area.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: Volunteer times are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 1.5 or 3 hour shifts.

Areas of Study Best Suited: Computer science and any other areas of study which promote strong social skills.

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Unit: Pediatric Outpatient Unit (Pediatric Specialty Clinic)

SLB Member:  Jennifer Wu (jennifer-wu@uiowa.edu)

Unit Description: Volunteers in this unit work with Child Life and nursing staff to make a child's visit to the hospital less scary and tense. The primary duty of volunteers in the Pediatric Specialty Clinic is to deliver toys to exam rooms using the toy wagon. Volunteers take games, puzzles, books, dolls, toy cars, and nearly every other form of fun imaginable to the young patients visiting the unit. Volunteers also spend time in the waiting room area playing with children as they wait for their doctor's appointment.

When volunteers have fulfilled their toy wagon/waiting room duties, they can feel free to work with nursing staff to transport patients, answer phones, take patient samples to the laboratory, or help with paperwork.

An assertive personality is necessary for effectiveness in the PSC. Volunteers must be self-directed and able to take the initiative to keep busy if the unit is slow. Contact with the staff varies, so volunteers must feel comfortable introducing themselves to and interacting with patients.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: Volunteers in the PSC can choose from times ranging from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Three hours total are expected from unit volunteers. Typically, two hours are spent with the wagon and one in the waiting room; these shifts need not be on the same day.

Areas of Study Best Suited: This unit is great for any major, whether it be health science-related, education, or open. Students interested in working with children in the future are encouraged to volunteer. Simply put, volunteers need only a strong desire to work with children and have fun.

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Unit: Perioperative Care Unit

SLB Member: Sameen Hosseini (sameen-hosseini@uiowa.edu)

Unit Description: The Perioperative Care Unit is divided into two subunits: Second Stage Recovery (SSR) and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT).

Volunteers in SSR will closely assist nursing staff with transporting patients, comforting children and patients before/after surgery, transporting medical supplies, and chart return/retrieval.

Volunteers in ECT work alongside nurses to help psychiatric patients recover following ECT procedures. Duties include connecting patients to monitors, patient repositioning, stripping patient beds, and cleaning surfaces between patients.

Both subunits are interested in self-directed, confident, outgoing, and independent students who are eager to make a difference and, most importantly, respect the confidentiality of ALL our patients.

Training: All prospective Perioperative Care Unit volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation to receive training and information specific to their subunit. Finally, ALL volunteers must spend a complete shift with an experienced volunteer mentor before "earning their wings" - more information about the mentor program will be provided during orientations.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: DoSA is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. SSC is open 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Volunteers need to sign up for 3 hours each week and may split that time into one-hour or two hour shifts. All volunteer hours should be completed in the same subunit.

Areas of Study Best Suited: This unit is a great fit for students in pre-med, pre-nursing, pre-pt, pre-dentistry, and anyone with a strong interest in healthcare

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Unit: Rehabilitation Services

SLB Member: Elizabeth Nutty (elizabethnuttyslb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: Volunteers aid the Physical Therapists in daily tasks in the Sports Medicine and outpatient gyms, as well as a couple inpatient units. The inpatient settings are located on the Burn and Neurology floors and are only open for experienced Rehab volunteers. Activities include running errands, changing linens, cleaning equipment, transferring patients, making hot/cold packs, cutting and wrapping therabands, helping patients with exercises, and any other needs of the physical therapist and/or patient. There is a lot of patient and therapist interaction involved.

Volunteers must be friendly and outgoing. Volunteers also must be reliable and be able to take direction as well as work independently.

Training:All college student volunteers are required to attend large group and small group orientations. During small group orientation, students will meet the each unit’s PT Student Volunteer Supervisor, participate in a unit tour, and receive instruction on the daily tasks performed by volunteers. The outpatient gym’s SVS is Amy Uitermark, and the Sports Medicine gym’s SVS is Jon Lueth.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours: Outpatient: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Sports Medicine: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. College student volunteers are expected to devote at least three hours of service per week to the hospital.

Area of Study Best Suited:Students who are interested in pursuing health care profession; Pre-PT, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Physicians Assistant, Pre-Dentistry, nursing, etc., are best suited for this unit.

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Unit: Respiratory Specialty Care Unit (RSCU)

SLB Member: Deepon Sarkar (deeponsarkarslb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: The Respiratory Specialty Care Unit (RSCU) is a smaller unit which holds a maximum of seventeen patients, while each patient's stay may range in time. Prospective volunteers will encounter a numerous set of tasks. It is also very important to note that volunteers who may work in this unit must need a strong stomach.

The variety of tasks may include assisting staff with: washing, feeding, transporting and moving patients. At times, this unit may call for a lot of direct patient contact. Volunteers may also be asked to sit, talk, read, entertain and play games with the patient to keep them company. Some other roles may include: paperwork, restocking carts and cupboards, running lab work to pathology and running errands to pick up supplies.

The volunteers will work mostly with the patient/family, nurses, nursing assistant, social services, respiratory, physical, occupational and speech therapy, dietary, pharmacy services and the medical team.

Volunteers may be able to observe procedures such as MRIs, X-rays and CT scans. Patients in this unit will greatly appreciate the company volunteers provide them, while it is important to remember to respect patient confidentiality as well as professionalism when working in the RSCU. This unit seeks volunteers who are comforting, generous and may work well one-on-one with patients and the medical staff.

Training: All first time volunteers in the RSCU must attend a small group orientation after a completing large group hospital orientation where volunteers sign up for various units. During the small group orientation, volunteers will be given a tour of the unit as well as being introduced to duties within the unit. After the small group orientation, first time volunteers in the unit will be assigned mentors who will assist with duties during their volunteer shift. This continues on until the volunteer is accustomed to the unit and is comfortable working independently.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: The RSCU is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week. Volunteers should plan on either signing up for either two 1 ½ hour shifts of one 3 hour shift each week.

Areas of Study Best Suited: This unit is a great fit for students who are pre-med, pre-nursing, pre-physical therapy, respiratory care or therapy and anyone interested in health care.

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Unit: Short Stay Unit/Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Urology Acute Inpatient Unit

SLB Member:  Sara Hutchinson (sarahutchinsonslb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: The Short Stay Unit on 3RCW is a fast paced unit that sees a wide variety of medical and surgical patient populations, allowing many opportunities for volunteers to work with the nursing staff in caring for patients. Short Stay is a unit that has a high number of admissions and discharges throughout the day, due to most patients only requiring a one night stay in the hospital. Volunteers must demonstrate excellent teamwork to ensure positive patient experiences during their stay, although it may be short. Due to the quick turn-around times between patients, there are always tasks for volunteers to assist with including assisting with patient transport upon discharge from the unit, stocking rooms, visiting patients and families, cleaning/organization of supplies, and assisting physical therapy with patient walking or other activities as appropriate.

Short Stay is best suited for volunteers who enjoy interacting with patients.  This unit looks for friendly and enthusiastic volunteers. Volunteers who are physically able to transport patients via wheelchair and assist them into their cars are preferred.

Additionally, 3RCE is a 24 Acute Ophthalmology, Orthopedic, and Urology floor that consists of 24 beds. This unit is specifically desiganted for acute surgical inpatient admissions that are specific to the above specialty areas. The unit is busy with patient mobility, education, and family interactions.

Training: All prospective Short Stay Unit volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation, where they will receive training and information about the unit and receive a tour of the area. Finally, ALL volunteers must spend a complete shift with an experienced volunteer mentor before they can volunteer on their own. This is an important step for getting a feel for what the unit is like and gaining experience before volunteering on your own.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo (or other white shirt), khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: Three 1 hour shifts each week between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Saturday

Area of Study Best Suited: Nursing, Pre-Medicine, and Pre-PT

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Unit: STEM Education

SLB Member: Danny Linggonegoro (dannylinggonegoroSLB@gmail.com)

Unit Description: Volunteers work closely with the STEM Education coordinator to inspire students toward health care careers and STEM education. Volunteers lead K-12th grade students to various departments throughout UI Health Care for interactive tours during their visit. Volunteers also help with preparing materials for student visits, perform administrative duties, and support online presence through the STEM Education social media channels. The visits generally have a theme, ranging from pediatrics, to genetics, to trauma, to basic science research. Occasionally, volunteers may have the opportunity to lead interactive Gross Anatomy sessions during these visits.

Volunteers who are self-motivated, outgoing, and have the ability to connect with students in grades K-12 would be a great fit for this program. Students should have an interest in health care, health administration, or teaching.

Training: All prospective STEM Education volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also attend a two hour small group orientation to receive training and information specific to the STEM Education. Finally, volunteers will receive training from the department staff.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is business casual (with closed-toe shoes) or the Volunteer Services polo and khaki pants. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: STEM Education is open Monday-Friday, 9AM to 3:30PM.

Areas of Study Best Suited:This placement is a great fit for education majors, any pre-professional health majors, and those interesting in pursing a career in health administration.

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Unit: Surgery Specialty Clinic (SSC) and Day of Surgery Admissions (DoSA)

SLB Member: Deepon Sarkar (deeponsarkarslb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: Volunteers will assist nurses in organizing, filing, and transporting charts, as well as preparing gowns and other medical supplies. Volunteers will also greet patients and help patients with computer health assessment. Confidentiality is crucial for these units, as volunteers will be dealing with patient information.

All subunits are interested in self-directed, confident, outgoing, and independent students who are eager to make a difference and, importantly, respect the confidentiality of ALL our patients.

Training: All prospective volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will also attend small group orientation to receive training and information specific to their subunit. Finally, ALL volunteers must spend a complete shift with an experienced volunteer mentor before "earning their wings" - more information about the mentor program will be provided during orientations.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: DoSA is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. SSC is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Volunteers need to sign up for 3 hours each week and may split that time into one-hour or two hour shifts. All volunteer hours should be completed in the same subunit.

Areas of Study Best Suited: This unit is a great fit for students in pre-med, pre-nursing, pre-pt, pre-dentistry, and anyone with a strong interest in healthcare.

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Unit: Surgical and Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (SNICU)

SLB Member: Mohamed Rouabhi (mohamedrouabhi.slb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: Volunteers in this unit will do many tasks depending on what is needed at the time. Volunteers will help nurses transport and maneuver patients. Volunteers also might get to see minor procedures. Volunteers also help the nursing assistants restock the nurses' stations and linen supplies.

The activity level in the SNICU tends to change a lot from day to day. This means that during times of low activity, volunteers must be able to be self-motivating and strive to find productive things to do. At other times, the unit may be amazingly busy and volunteers will have no trouble finding many activities to keep them busy. Volunteers need to be outgoing and assertive to volunteer in this unit so that they can find out what they can help with.

Training: All college student volunteers are required to attend large and small group orientation. During small group orientation, students will meet the unit's nursing director and receive a unit tour. Volunteers will also receive a training session from a nursing assistant. This allows volunteers to become familiar with the unit and their duties.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: Students are welcome to volunteer between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., any day of the week. Volunteers will sign up for a weekly time slot. College student volunteers are expected to devote at least three hours of service per week to the hospital, for a total of 36 hours per semester.

Area of Study Best Suited: The SNICU is an amazing learning and volunteer experience for anyone interested in the health care field. Being able to experience patient care in this setting is an opportunity that will develop volunteers as students and caregivers. The SNICU is especially great for volunteers with an interest in surgical procedures and hospital care. However, volunteers from all fields of study are welcomed.

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Unit: Volunteer Services Office

SLB Member: Collin Beyer (collinbeyerslb@gmail.com)

Unit Description: Volunteers perform various tasks both in the office and throughout the hospital. Duties cover a wide range of activities including, but certainly not limited to completing special projects in the office to delivering flowers to patient's rooms to delivering printed emails addressed to patients throughout the hospital. Patient contact will be frequent.

Volunteers in this unit will quickly gain an understanding of the hospital layout and the many processes necessary to keep things at the hospital running smoothly.

This unit looks for outgoing volunteers willing to learn and try new things. Volunteers will need to be outgoing and motivated. A positive attitude is always appreciated!

Training: All volunteers will attend large group orientation, where they will receive general UIHC information. Volunteers will then attend a small group orientation, where they will receive training and information specific to the Volunteer Services Unit. Finally, to complete the training, ALL volunteers will spend a half shift with an experienced volunteer mentor - more information about the mentor program will be provided during orientations.

Uniform: The dress code for this unit is a Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at the Rooftop Cafe (Elevator F, Level 8) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.

Hours Available: The unit is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers may choose a weekly shift of two 1.5 hour shifts or one 3 hour shift. Volunteers from other units may sign up in conjunction with the Volunteer Services unit for one 1.5 shift to complete the required 3 hour commitment if the three hours are not able to be completed in another unit.

Areas of Study Best Suited: This unit is good for pre-med students looking to gain a better understanding of the hospital layout. Students with strong commitment to service and care are especially encouraged to volunteer in this unit.

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