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Some of you were asking about my experience during my first day of hospital volunteering bc of my story yesterday, so here I am to give you the highlights !
I finally finished the application/orientation process last week ! This process took a few months total, and included the initial interview, getting the required vaccines and tests, going through orientation, and now training .
At this particular hospital, they started me out working the information desk so I can learn the layout of the hospital. This means I look up patient rooms and escort families and patients to different units within the hospital. Eventually I’ll be able to go into patient rooms and talk with them on a more personal level !
If I’m completely transparent, I thought that starting out at the information desk would be kind of boring - but it’s amazing how much people will open up to you just while walking from place to place. People are often nervous or excited or some mixture of the two, and many of them were thankful for someone to voice their feelings to. One of the final patients I escorted was going into a major surgery, and witnessing his last moments with his family before going into the procedure was extremely touching .
So far it’s been a grounding experience that’s helped me remember why I spend hours every day studying subjects that don’t always interest me. From here on out, I’ll be volunteering 5 hours a week at different areas of the hospital! I’m still new to it , but if you have any other specific questions, tips, or experiences, definitely comment and let me know !!