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Junior Volunteers

The Jr. Volunteer program focuses on providing students with opportunities that may contribute towards their future such as, specialized training in specific departments in our healthcare facility, work experience for future employment and exposure to healthcare professionals in their work environment.

Application/Interview
Potential volunteers are considered based on their application, references, screenings, and a formal interview with volunteer services.

Applications must include a recommendation from a teacher, character reference, and verification of MMR (Rubella/Rubeola) measles immunizations. Applications are accepted on a continual basis and are dated when received. Applicants are interviewed based on the date received, session rotation and available openings in the program. If openings become available, you will be contacted for a formal interview prior to the next session rotation.

Requirements
Jr. Volunteers are between the ages of 14-18 and must be enrolled in school or be home schooled. A WSP (Washington State Patrol) request for criminal history information, TB (Tuberculosis) symptom check list, laboratory evidence of immunity for RUBELLA and RUBEOLA (Measles) documented via official record are conditions to volunteer.

Jr. Volunteers are required to volunteer 2-4 hours per week for a minimum of one (1) session or 3 months. Jr. Volunteers must attend a mandatory safety/program orientation and department specific training prior to volunteering. Jr. Volunteers are required to wear a uniform. The uniform consists of khaki or black pants, a hospital specific polo shirt (available for purchase $15.00) and comfortable closed-toe shoes with white socks.

Jr. Volunteer Opportunities
Child Life/Pediatrics – Interact with patients, assist child life specialists with specific needs. Clean playroom and toys, read stories. Staff the liaison desk providing information for families and visitors to the department.
Clerical – Assist with a variety of tasks such as filing, stuffing envelopes, photo copying. Departments available include Lab and Medical Library.
Emergency Department – Stock patient areas, transport specimens, clean and make up stretchers, transport patients. (Must be 16 or older, requires parental consent).
Flowers/Mail/Coffee Cart –Jr. Volunteers DELIVER FLOWERS ONLY during the school year. Shifts available are Saturday only. Monday-Saturday, during the summer months, Jr. Volunteers deliver flowers, mail and offer coffee and beverages to visitors, family members, and sometimes patients by providing a mobile cart service throughout areas in the hospital.
Mother/Baby – Assist staff with duties. (Must be 16 or older, requires parental consent).
Osteo-Blood Pressure Screening – Operate the osteo-screening machine and blood pressure machine. Provide information packets to people receiving the screening.
Patient Care Areas – Assist departments by making beds, setting up rooms, stocking, deliver meal trays, transport patients and/or provide clerical support. Departments available include Day Surgery, Short Stay, and 10 Tower (Surgical).
Pharmacy – Complete pharmacy request runs throughout the hospital. Clerical duties.
Radiology – Assist staff with duties. Possible exposure to procedures.
Surgery Waiting Room – Jr. Volunteers volunteer in this area during the summer months. Act as a liaison between doctor and the families. Oversee the area and provide support to post op staff.
ICU/CICU Liaison Desks – During school months Jr. Volunteers volunteer after school. Summer months morning and afternoons. Must be 16 and older requires parental consent. Act as a liaison between staff and families. Oversee the area and provide support.

PLEASE NOTE: Available openings and seniority in the program determine department placement.

A Year-Round Program
The Jr. volunteer program is a year-round program. It rotates fall, winter, spring and summer. This allows potential applicants to be considered for possible program openings as well as enables active volunteers to experience other departments.

Jr. Volunteer Program Schedule
WINTER Program 2003
Application Deadline for Winter Session: Friday, December 13, 2002
DMC Orientation: Wednesday, December 18th, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Begins Thursday, Jan. 2nd, Ends Sunday, March 30th

SPRING Program 2003
Application Deadline for Spring Session: Thursday, March 13, 2003
DMC Orientation: Saturday, March 22nd, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Begins Monday, March 31st, Ends Sunday, June 15th

SUMMER Program 2003
Application Deadline for Summer Session: Monday, June 2, 2003
DMC Orientation: Saturday, June 7th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Begins Monday, June 16th, Ends Sunday, Aug. 24th

Junior Volunteer WEEK OFF
Monday, August 25th- Monday, September 1, 2003

FALL Program 2003
Application Deadline for Fall Session: Friday, August 15, 2003
DMC Orientation: Wednesday, August 20th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Begins Tuesday, Sept. 2nd , Ends Wednesday, Dec. 31st

Only Jr. Volunteers who are interviewed and accepted in the program attend Orientation.

How to Become a Jr. Volunteer
Go to the Become a Volunteer page for complete details on how to become a Jr. Volunteer.

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