Overview

Orthopaedic Volunteer Opportunities

Orthopaedic Volunteer Opportunities

The University of Utah Health Orthopaedic Center has two volunteer opportunites avaiable: assisting at the center's information desk, or assisting staff with the comfort care of patients.

Orthopaedic Center Information Desk

Purpose

To provide support to University Orthopaedic Center patients and staff

Reports To

Erica Jackson

Days/Hours

Monday-Friday, 9am–1pm and 1pm–5pm

Volunteer Duties/Responsibilities

  • Greet visitors to the UUOC in a kind and professional manner
  • Aid visitors with directions and provide information regarding the UUOC, University of Utah Health, and University of Utah Hospital
  • Deliver mail to UUOC staff, faculty, residents, and fellows
  • Maintain order of magazines in waiting areas
  • Provide light office duties, such as making copies, highlighting, organizing, fold letters, stuff envelopes, as directed by staff
  • Assist staff with time-consuming tasks
  • Clean and sanitize beds (after how-to instruction)
  • Assist in-patient nurses and staff with the cleaning of rooms and equipment
  • Pass out lunch menus and take lunch orders for in-patients under direction of RN on duty
  • Maintain confidentiality

Volunteers must wear volunteer attire and ID badge at all times.

Orthopaedic Patient Assistance

Purpose

To assist the staff on the ortho-trauma and surgical specialty unit in comfort care for patients and their families

Reports To

Unit charge nurse at beginning of each shift for assigned duties

Days/Hours

Noon–8:00 pm daily as assigned

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Complete department orientation prior to first volunteer shift
  • Notifies charge nurse if first shift on unit in order to receive orientation and tour of unit
  • Orient new patients and their families to their room: lights, tv, call button, bathroom, wipe off board, telephone #, visiting hours, and the like (use orientation checklist in white admission folder that all patients receive)
  • Escort patients being discharged if needed
  • Escort the dietary associate as he/she passes trays to assist patients with the set up of their meal
  • Assist patients with limitations with meals as requested
  • Visit with patients that may not have visitors
  • Get books and/or movies for patients
  • Utilize activity closet for extra activities at patient’s request
  • Assist family members needing direction to the cafeteria, Starbucks, pharmacy, or other areas of the hospital
  • Stock unit clean utility rooms with extra stock in unit copy room
  • Stock patient room “staff supply white plastic bins” (supplies in copy room & may need charge nurse assistance in getting some supplies out of omnicell)
  • Stock the blanket warmers (north and south medrooms and west hallway clean utility room)
  • Stock the family waiting room with supplies in the kitchen drawers
  • Take empty patient food trays out of room (always show staff member the tray before placing on dirty cart so they can document the percentage of food eaten)
  • Other duties as requested by the staff