helpful Tips for Volunteers
what you want to get out of volunteering. You can volunteer
in order to make a contribution, advance your career, meet new
friends, gain recognition, or simply enjoy the personal satisfaction
that comes from helping others.
the time it takes to do a particular volunteer job.
How does the time commitment fit your schedule and lifestyle?
about your skills, interests, and life experiences and
how they could be useful in a volunteer setting.
open and honest about your desire for meaningful and satisfying
work and the need to have acceptance and respect of
- Be willing
to give and take honest feedback
in your volunteer job, and, when necessary, to be an advocate
confidentiality related to your volunteer placement
in all settings in your life.
important of all, bring your heart and your sense of humor
to your volunteer service, along with the enthusiastic spirit
which is, in itself, a priceless gift.
What to Do If...
Even the most
seasoned volunteers have questionsThis
list is comprised of questions and situations that many volunteers
have or have found themselves in. Hopefully, it will help you in
making decisions that are beneficial to you as well as the hospital.
do I do if I will be unable to work my scheduled shift?
If you are unable to work on a particular day, it is helpful to
give the volunteer department as much notice as possible. As soon
as you know that you will be unable to complete a shift, please
call 726-8540 and report that you will not be in. You will also
be asked to call your area supervisor so that he or she can take
your absence into consideration and make staffing changes if necessary.
If you are in a position where you have been asked to find your
own substitute, you should contact someone on the list of substitutes
provided to you. You should call the volunteer office to notify
us that you will not be coming to your shift but your substitute
will. This will help us keep track of who is responsible for the
duties of the position for that day and time.
do I do if I want to change my shift time, day or location? If
you need to change your shift time, day, or location, for any
reason, please contact the Volunteer Department to schedule an
appointment to speak with someone regarding the issue. We are
happy to discuss options with you and hopefully come to a mutually
do I do if I am having problems with my supervisor or my coworker?
If you are having problems with a supervisor, coworker or any
other individual while you are volunteering in the hospital, please
alert the volunteer department staff to the matter immediately.
If you feel threatened or feel as if your safety is in jeopardy,
contact police security at 6-2121.
can happen to just about anyone
in any setting but is more common in high-stress, high-energy settings
such as hospitals. Here are some tips to help prevent burnout. Try
to use at least one suggestion each day.
that burnout is an ongoing process.
It doesn't happen overnight, and you can't always pinpoint the
- Be aware
of signals that your body sends.
Consider the physical, emotional and social parts of life in respect
to your task-oriented burnout.
Try to develop goals that are reasonable. Changing goals doesn't
always mean lowering standards; it's an adjustment. Think about
what's really important to you. It's easy to be vague on this,
but rethinking goals should be a regular event in your life.
long work hours.
There is a definite link between the amount of overtime you work
and your stress level. The more hours you work, the more likely
you are to burn out.
Noncompetitive physical activity is a healthy release
for an overworked person. (Check with your primary care provider
before beginning any new exercise program.) Exercise doesn't have
to be strenuous to reduce the effects of stress.
yourself a special treat. It doesn't have to be costly,
but it should be special and be a break from your routine.
your day slowly. Early morning activities can set the
mood for the whole day. It's also planning time and can help you
prepare or rehearse for the rest of the day.
relaxation skills. Sit in a comfortable chair and think
about relaxing the muscles in your face, neck and shoulders. Take
off your shoes and close your eyes. Take a deep breath, hold for
two seconds, then blow it out. Repeat several times. Relaxing
can renew energy levels for the rest of the day.
remove yourself from your job.
Step back and try to look at your job from an outsider's point
of view. Imagine how others might handle your responsibilities.
you feel yourself burning out or believe that you are
heading in that direction, please talk this over with the Volunteer
Department Staff. Your health and well being are most important