Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Volunteer Access Page
St. Pete Child Life - Music Volunteer Description
If you are interested in volunteering as a Music Volunteer, please go back and click on the Music Volunteer Application located in the right hand column.
Volunteer Description Responsibilities
Music volunteers will have the opportunity to work in many units of the hospital including the medical units, intensive care units and the hematology/oncology unit. Volunteers will be asked to provide musical entertainment, musical support and music play activities at bedside. Volunteers may also play the piano or another instrument in the main hospital lobby to provide entertaining music for visitors and families visiting. Interested volunteers must be able to work independently and follow instructions given by the Music Therapist.
Volunteers will be required to commit to 2-4 hours per week (same time each week) for a minimum of 6 months. Volunteer shifts are between 11 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. This schedule will be determined with the Volunteer Coordinator.
Follow patient assignment list during shift focusing on priority patients and special requests given by the Music Therapist.
On arrival to room, determine if it is a good time to work with patient. (i.e. If patient is speaking with the physician, please check back at a later time when the patient is available to interact.)
Provide 1:1 interactions to patients in isolation. This includes strict adherence to isolation signs in order to ensure the safety of all.
Be able to choose and provide age appropriate music to patients.
Know and learn a few current/popular songs.
Help bring patients to music group and help facilitate.
Clean instruments with alcohol wipes after each patient use.
Provide feedback to Music Therapist on patient interactions at the end of shift.
When questions or concerns arise, volunteers should ask the Music Therapist or bedside nurse.
Adapt to the changing needs of the patients and the patient unit.
Follow volunteer policies at all times.
Must have good judgment and ability to interact and play with patients and make them comfortable and happy.
Must be proficient on the instrument being played. Formal lessons are preferred but not required.
Orientation and Training:
Volunteers complete a three (3) hour general orientation which, includes:
Service Excellence, Infection Control, Fire and Safety, Confidentiality (HIPAA), Body Mechanics, HIV/Aids, and a health screening prior to commencing their volunteer assignment.
Complete annual in-services and TB screening annually.
Cross training in other service areas is encouraged for those who wish to be knowledgeable about the hospital and who might be available to substitute in other areas.
Volunteers receive area specific training.