Friday, June 28, 2013

First day of volunteer work

Finally!  My first day of volunteer work has arrived!!!  It took me almost a month and a half of preparation before I could even start volunteering! (⋋▂⋌)

During the later part of May, I got an interview and was accepted into the hospital volunteer services.  I was told about a bunch of stuff I had to do such as TB tests before I was allowed to volunteer and that's what took up most of the time before starting.

I went in this morning and somehow woke up on time even after sleeping through my alarm (or my subconscious shutting it off).  I was afraid I wouldn't wake up to my alarm...; I had worked the night before and couldn't fall asleep. D:

I was put into the service area of floor hosting which is cool because it let me interact with patients being able to enter their rooms, ask them if they needed anything, and if they wanted the morning paper.  I was also able to do other small helpful things such as restocking gloves and fetching certain supplies for patients.  There were a lot of interesting supplies in the stockrooms and it almost felt like it was a hotel.

This offered me excellent exposure as I never could have gotten this kind of insight without volunteering.  I wish I had done this so long ago! (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻  I was able to get a first hand look at the daily routine of the nurses and staff on the floor.  It really wasn't that busy this morning but I did get the chance to fetch some drinks for people and even escort a patient outside.

I wanted to do volunteer work in a variety of areas just to get some experience with different skills but it seems like we have to stick to one area for a while.  I was thinking that maybe I should do office and file work.  I never got the chance to do something like that and now that I do, I really want to see how good I am at it since I like organizing.  The volunteer executive was telling me that I might be able to alternate between being a floor host and an office volunteer so I'm excited about that!  ^.^

It was a fun experience and I had a great time hearing patient stories and helping them.  In all honesty, it didn't feel too different from working at a hotel doing room service, lol.  Not that I ever worked in room service but it was the only thing I could think of.  Patient rooms look sort of like hotel rooms, at least in the hospital I was at.  Besides that little fact, I was happy that I could help the nurses, tending to small tasks that they don't have time to do.  I'm sure that doing something as simple as refilling an empty latex glove box will make a huge difference in the workflow for the nurses. (︶ω︶)

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