Chzarlymaen Corpuz Find a Location Find a Doctor Volunteer Services During my years as a teen volunteer on the 3C Unit at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood, I volunteer weekly for 4 hours. My time as a volunteer is spent doing simple tasks, which are greatly appreciated by the nurses and patients on the unit. For example, as soon as I arrive on the unit, I start restocking all the contact precautions carts with isolation gowns and boxes of vinyl or nitrile gloves. Afterwards, I empty all the HIPPA bins into a big recycling bin. Then I restock the kitchen with any items that it seems to be running low with. When I am finished with these tasks, I sit down at the front nurse’s station and answer call lights or help direct visitors to a patient’s room or to other parts of the hospital (e.g. main entrance, ICU, etc.) After a while, I will pass out ice and or deliver soft drinks, coffee, crackers, etc. to patients. First, I must ask patient’s nurse if I can give them certain items as their diet may or may not allow them to consume such things. Every now and then I strike up a conversation with a patient which eases some of the pain they are feeling by getting a chance to talk to someone during a time of dullness. Especially since some of the patients do not even get any visits from relatives or loved ones. Sometimes I help patients order their dinner and set up for dinner. Also on rare occasions, I help feed patients who need assistance. The last task I do before leaving is changing the soiled linen bags (dirty laundry) in a patient’s room. Upon my arrival, I create a mental checklist of what I need to do so I can stay productive during my time of volunteering. This shows the nurses how much of a hard worker I am and the great work ethic I possess. When I complete all the work I can do, I always try to ask the nurses if they have any other jobs they would like me to help them with so I can off a bit of the stress they are undergoing. This emphasizes the quality I put in as a volunteer by going beyond of what is needed of me, which in turn creates a positive atmosphere that allow the nurses to relax. A person’s visualization of a hospital usually consists of sorrow and tragic situations happening. However, as a volunteer, I always try to be the source of light and happiness a patient needs to get through the battle they are fighting. This personal experience has helped me grow into a more mature young woman by being in a hospital setting that requires me to act in a professional manner. It has also helped me develop medical skills that I will use when going into the nursing field.