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Has anyone volunteered at a Hospital before on here?

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Hey guys, this is actually my first time making a thread on here.

I'd like to ask if anyone here has volunteered at a Hospital before and would like to share their personal experiences?

I'm going for an interview/orientation in March at St. Josephs Healthcare in Hamilton (where I live) and will be potentially volunteering there from May to August. I'd like to know if any of you have done it, and how you liked it or maybe disliked it?

Thanks:cheers:
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I'm a volunteer at the Pediatric ED at the hospital near my campus. It's pretty nice because I get to interact with the patients and their families and see how the ED works. I was even able to observe a procedure a few months ago after getting permission from everyone involved. Sometimes it gets really busy and at other times it can be pretty boring. One time I came in for my shift and about half the beds were empty so me and the other volunteer just chatted with a couple of the techs after we did our rounds. About 20 minutes into our conversation we look at the board and all of the empty beds were filled with new admits with a bunch more in the waiting room, so the environment and pace can change really quickly.

I guess your experience will really depend on your placement within the hospital. I was placed in the PED when I started volunteering last summer and I stuck with it into the school year.
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What kind of things do you do?
In terms of tasks, etc?

Do you have to have First Aid & CPR?
I'm asking cause even if you did would you be even authorized to do anything in a Hospital environment if someone was having a medical emergency? Stupid questions but I want to know the technicalities.

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During my shift I go around to the patient rooms and ask if they need anything like toys, movies, colouring materials, games, juice and crackers if they're allowed, etc. I had to run samples up to the lab when the tube system wasn't working one time, but mostly I just do whatever the Child Life Specialist or nurses or doctors ask me to do, like fetch stuff or help restock rooms with supplies in between patients.

You're not allowed to do ANYTHING medically related so it doesn't matter if you know CPR or First Aid. You're not even allowed to help with procedures; the most you can do during a procedure is watch and observe. If you did anything more you could become a serious liability for the hospital. Plus you'll always be surrounded by nurses/residents/fellows/attendings who have way more experience and knowledge when it comes to handling emergencies.
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During my shift I go around to the patient rooms and ask if they need anything like toys, movies, colouring materials, games, juice and crackers if they're allowed, etc. I had to run samples up to the lab when the tube system wasn't working one time, but mostly I just do whatever the Child Life Specialist or nurses or doctors ask me to do, like fetch stuff or help restock rooms with supplies in between patients.

You're not allowed to do ANYTHING medically related so it doesn't matter if you know CPR or First Aid. You're not even allowed to help with procedures; the most you can do during a procedure is watch and observe. If you did anything more you could become a serious liability for the hospital. Plus you'll always be surrounded by nurses/residents/fellows/attendings who have way more experience and knowledge when it comes to handling emergencies.



I asked about the CPR & First Aid because I was wondering if they really cared if you had it or not. I'm planning on getting mine revised because it was only a 1 year kind, offered by my high school which is useless now.

So yeah like I assumed, there are way more qualified individuals around you walking around anyways.

Sounds interesting, even though you don't do any direct patient stuff it's good to get an idea of what you'll potentially be dealing with in a health care setting. By the way, how often are there Paramedics stuck waiting in the actual emergency room with their patients on the stretchers? If you don't mind answering, what City are you volunteering in?
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Uhh I think it depends on the triage level of the patient, if there are any beds free, how much info the paramedics need to give to the nurses and doctors, etc. If there aren't any open beds then they take them to the trauma room and treat them there for the time being or if the patient is at a really low triage level then they keep them in one of the hallway beds I think. But keep in mind this is the pediatric ED. Sometimes I walk over to the adult ED and they always seem a lot busier and more packed, although it might have something to do with the fact that they're in the middle of an expansion project.
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