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Working As A Hospital Volunteer

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $53,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Hospital Volunteer Do

Nursing assistants, sometimes called nursing aides, help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas.

Duties

Nursing assistants provide basic care and help with activities of daily living. They typically do the following:

  • Clean and bathe patients or residents
  • Help patients use the toilet and dress
  • Turn, reposition, and transfer patients between beds and wheelchairs
  • Listen to and record patients’ health concerns and report that information to nurses
  • Measure patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
  • Serve meals and help patients eat

Some nursing assistants also may dispense medication, depending on their training level and the state in which they work.

In nursing homes and residential care facilities, assistants are often the principal caregivers. They have more contact with residents than other members of the staff. Because some residents stay in a nursing home for months or years, assistants may develop close relationships with their residents.

Orderlies typically do the following:

  • Assist patients with moving about the facility, such as pushing wheelchairs
  • Clean equipment and facilities
  • Change linens
  • Stock supplies

Nursing assistants and orderlies work as part of a healthcare team under the supervision of licensed practical or licensed vocational nurses and registered nurses.

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How To Become A Hospital Volunteer

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program and must pass their state’s competency exam. Orderlies generally have at least a high school diploma.

Education and Training

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program in which they learn the basic principles of nursing and complete supervised clinical work. These programs are found in high schools, community colleges, vocational and technical schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.

In addition, nursing assistants typically complete a brief period of on-the-job training to learn about their specific employer’s policies and procedures.

Orderlies typically have at least a high school diploma and receive a short period of on-the-job training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

After completing a state-approved education program, nursing assistants take a competency exam. Passing this exam allows them to use state-specific titles. In some states, a nursing assistant or aide is called a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), but titles vary from state to state.

Nursing assistants who have passed the competency exam are placed on a state registry. Nursing assistants must be on the state registry to work in a nursing home.

Some states have other requirements as well, such as continuing education and a criminal background check. Check with state boards of nursing or health for more information.

In some states, nursing assistants can earn additional credentials, such as becoming a Certified Medication Assistant (CMA). As a CMA, they can give medications.

Orderlies do not need a license, however, many jobs require a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, which shows they are trained to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Nursing assistants and orderlies must be able to communicate effectively to address patients’ or residents’ concerns. They also need to relay important information to other healthcare workers.

Compassion. Nursing assistants and orderlies assist and care for the sick, injured, and elderly. Doing so requires a compassionate and empathetic attitude.

Patience. The routine tasks of cleaning, feeding, and bathing patients or residents can be stressful. Nursing assistants and orderlies must have patience in order to complete these tasks.

Physical stamina. Nursing assistants and orderlies spend much of their time on their feet. They should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or moving patients.

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Top Skills for A Hospital Volunteer

  1. Patient Care
  2. Emergency Room
  3. Hospital Staff
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Employed: September - March 2007 Duties: Clinical for High School, performed Patient Care tasks.
  • Gained knowledge on functions of hospital/emergency room.
  • Communicated with hospital staff to verify supplies needed for designated areas.
  • Prepare patient files; enter patient information into electronic medical records.
  • Helped nurses discharge patients, restock supplies, take phone calls, and attend to various patient needs.

Hospital Volunteer Demographics

Gender

Female

59.9%

Male

26.0%

Unknown

14.0%
Ethnicity

White

55.0%

Hispanic or Latino

17.1%

Asian

12.3%

Black or African American

10.5%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.0%

French

9.3%

Chinese

5.5%

Mandarin

5.1%

Korean

4.2%

Hindi

4.0%

Arabic

3.5%

Russian

3.1%

Cantonese

2.9%

Urdu

2.7%

Vietnamese

2.2%

Japanese

2.2%

German

2.0%

Italian

1.8%

Tagalog

1.6%

Hebrew

1.3%

Portuguese

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Gujarati

0.7%

Bengali

0.7%
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Hospital Volunteer Education

Schools

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

10.6%

University of Florida

6.9%

University of California - Irvine

6.5%

Michigan State University

6.2%

University of Central Florida

6.2%

University of California - San Diego

6.2%

University of California - Los Angeles

5.5%

Ohio State University

4.9%

State University of New York Stony Brook

4.9%

Florida International University

4.6%

University of South Florida

4.4%

Florida State University

4.4%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.9%

New York University

3.7%

University of Texas at Austin

3.7%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.7%

University of Arizona

3.5%

Syracuse University

3.4%

University of California - Berkeley

3.4%

San Diego State University

3.4%
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Majors

Biology

20.4%

Nursing

15.3%

Psychology

12.1%

Business

6.7%

Health Care Administration

4.7%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

4.1%

Kinesiology

3.8%

Public Health

3.7%

Medical Assisting Services

3.7%

Health Sciences And Services

3.5%

Chemistry

3.2%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.7%

Social Work

2.2%

Sociology

2.2%

Physician Assistant

2.1%

Medical Technician

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

General Studies

1.9%

Biomedical Engineering

1.9%

Education

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

55.7%

Other

19.6%

Masters

11.0%

Associate

7.4%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.3%
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