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St. Pete Child Life - Unit Volunteer Description


If you are interested in volunteering with a Child Life Unit , please go back and click on the Child Life Volunteer Application located in the right hand column.
Child Life Unit Volunteer
Job and Unit Description:
Each patient unit has 28 beds, serving children and adolescents with a variety of diagnoses and medical conditions. Each unit serves patients from newborn to 21 years of age. Many patients will need one-on-one interactions at bedside due to isolation precautions or limited mobility. Playing games, assisting with art/craft activities, reading books and talking with children and their families at bedside are all part of the in-room volunteer day.
Volunteers will be required to commit to 3-4 hours per week (same time/day each week) for a minimum of 6 months, or 60 hours. Volunteer shifts are between 9 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. This schedule will be determined with the Volunteer Coordinator.
Ongoing Responsibilities:
1.Follow patient assignment list during shift focusing on priority patients and special requests given by the Child Life Specialist.
2.Communicate with the Child Life Specialist to determine if the unit activity cart should to be taken around to each room.
3.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.)
4.Provide 1:1 interactions to patients in isolation. This includes strict adherence to isolation signs in order to ensure the safety of all.
5.Be able to choose and provide age appropriate activities to patients.
6.Help provide a safe and nurturing environment for patients to play and explore by helping clean toys and playrooms and putting away clean toys.
7.Provide parents the opportunity to take a break.
8.Hand out decorated linen items (pillows, blankets pillowcases).
9.Help bring patients to group activities in the playrooms, when appropriate.
10.Provide feedback to Child Life Specialist on patient interactions at the end of shift.
11.When questions or concerns arise, volunteers should ask the Child Life Specialist or bedside nurse.  
12.Adapt to the changing needs of the patients and the patient unit.
13.Follow volunteer policies at all times.