Sep 05

High School: Hospital Volunteer Opportunities

Are you considering a career in medicine? If so, volunteering at a hospital while still in high school is a great opportunity to explore the field. It’s also wonderful if you want to volunteer even if you don’t want to become a doctor.


Although volunteering in a hospital is immensely rewarding, it is also very labor-intensive. How can you sign up to volunteer at a hospital? Why should you work as a hospital volunteer? What are a hospital volunteer’s primary responsibilities? In this manual, these queries will be addressed as well as others.

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What Are a Hospital Volunteer’s Primary Responsibilities?

Hospitals frequently reserve specific “jobs” for volunteers, and you can specify your preferred position. You’ll probably continue with that one job and not switch tasks. You won’t likely rotate because you’ll receive an orientation and training for your position when you start.

The following are the main categories of volunteer opportunities in hospitals for high school students:

  • Welcome patients and visitors to the hospital and assist them in finding their destinations as a greeter, concierge, information desk, or customer service representative.
  • Help with typing, filing, and phone answering as a clerical assistant.
  • Help in sorting and delivering mail, magazines, flowers, and balloons to patients.
  • Assist with washing utensils and dishes from patients and guests as a dishwasher.
  • Help patients feel as comfortable as possible by acting as a patient care assistant. For instance, you might be bringing patients more pillows or providing food.

You will be required to volunteer for at least 50 hours a year at the majority of hospitals. Typically, shifts last four hours (though this may vary by hospital). Expect to work every other week on average (though, again, this may vary by hospital).

Whether or not you work with other volunteers depends on how many volunteers the hospital has. You’ll most likely be working alone if there aren’t enough volunteers in your hospital. Youmay  collaborate with other volunteers if your hospital has a large number of them.


What Won’t You Be Doing as a Volunteer in a Hospital?

You won’t be assisting patients or performing any actual medical procedures as a volunteer. You’ll only be there to assist with more straightforward jobs (such as delivering things and helping visitors and patients find their way around the hospital).


How Can High School Students Find Volunteer Opportunities in Hospitals?

You should first quickly Google “[Town Name] Hospitals” to find the hospitals in your neighborhood before applying to be a hospital volunteer. After choosing the hospitals in your area, look out each one’s volunteer program by typing “[Hospital Name] volunteer” into Google. You ought to land on a page for the hospital’s volunteer program after clicking this.

Ask your high school guidance counselor for help if you’re having problems accessing the material online. They probably know someone who can put you in touch with the hospital or another student who has volunteered there (who can tell you how to apply).

These are the most typical needs I’ve seen, though each hospital may have a little bit different requirements. All applicants (regardless of age) who want to volunteer must:

  • Submit a job application online
  • Interview the volunteer coordinator
  • Take a TB test (some also require a flu shot)
  • Participate in a volunteer orientation
  • Fill out each form.
  • Submit to an investigation
  • Some hospitals will also charge you $15–$30 for a volunteer uniform.

You may also need to: For volunteers who are under the age of 18:

  • Be older than 15
  • Obtain parental approval before volunteering
  • Send a letter of recommendation from the guidance counselor, principal, or instructor of your high school.
  • Complete 50 hours of volunteer work each year.

If you’re wondering why there are so many prerequisites and stages, it’s because you’ll essentially work for the hospital for free. They want to be sure you’ll be a good ambassador for the hospital since you’ll be interacting with their patients.


Who Would Make a Good Volunteer for a Hospital?

An excellent hospital volunteer is altruistic, adaptable, and ready to perform any task, no matter how minor. It’s not always enjoyable to volunteer in a hospital. Many of the positions involve cleaning, organizing, or sitting at a desk. These tasks are required to keep the facility operating, nevertheless. Additionally, there are frequently last-minute changes to assignments at hospitals due to emergencies. You must be prepared to comply with any requests made of you.

To be a successful volunteer at a hospital, you should also be positive and like working with people. You’ll converse with patients and guests a lot. It is important for you to be welcoming and friendly. The majority of the folks you’ll meet in the hospital are unwell. It’s possible to form bonds with patients who later pass away. You’ll have to maintain your resolve and optimism throughout their ordeal because it will be difficult to see.

Additionally, an excellent hospital volunteer shouldn’t be timid. You must be ready to view wounds with blood, scars, etc. Keep in mind that you are at a medical facility. You will very certainly witness someone having their blood drawn or having an IV inserted into a patient. Being a hospital volunteer is not something you’d appreciate if you can’t handle that.

Even if it’s a difficult job, there are lots of reasons why you should wish to volunteer in a hospital. Find out more about them by reading on.


What Advantages Do High School Hospital Volunteers Get?

Being a hospital volunteer will offer you a good understanding of what working in a hospital will be like if you’re interested in a career in medicine. However, since you won’t be performing actual medical work, it might not provide you with the finest insight into your chosen profession (e.g., doctor, nurse). The most hands-on tasks you’ll probably perform include pushing patients around in wheelchairs, reading to them, turning the TV on for them, and assisting patients in finding pillows to make them more comfortable.

Consider shadowing a doctor  if you want to learn more about your particular line of work. You can also think about participating in a medical internship or a summer program. However, you should be aware that until you’re in college, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to gain a lot of practical medical experience. There are a few summer medical programs for high school students, but they are uncommon.

Volunteering in a hospital is a lot of labor, but there are numerous advantages. You’ll get to know kind, like-minded people who are willing to volunteer their time to help others. Aspreviously mentioned, even if you don’t learn much about medicine, you will learn about the hospital setting and determine whether it’s a location where you might someday work.

When applying to colleges, volunteering at a hospital is also a fantastic experience, especially if you want to pursue a career in medicine. Being a hospital volunteer demonstrates to universities your commitment to a career in medicine by demonstrating that you have previously invested time in the healthcare industry. Additionally, it is a cost-free extracurricular activity that only requires your time (and potentially the cost of a uniform or TB test).

Overall,  check out volunteering at a hospital if you’re interested in a future in medicine or want to spend time helping people.

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