Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Volunteer Access Page

St. Pete - Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) Volunteer

2017-09-01

 
 
Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)Volunteer Service Guidelines
 
Available Volunteer Positions: Wed OR Fri from 9a-12p
 
Volunteer Service Description:
Volunteer will provide assistance to patients, families and staff while adding a personalized touch to the care rendered in the PACU/Post-Op area.
 
Essential Volunteer Functions - PACU:
Assists staff with immediate recovery needs (get blanket, distraction, holding and rocking as needed).
Provide support to patients/families by listening and portraying a caring attitude for all concerned.
Observing patient/parental behavior and making any necessary reports to the R.N./Clinical Leader.
Maintain cleanliness, help in stocking small supplies and obtaining unit equipment, as needed.
Assists with escorting of children to all units within the hospital.
May be reassigned to other areas within Peri-operative Services.
Assists nursing staff with other tasks, as requested.
 
Essential Volunteer Functions - Post-Op: 
Assists staff with post-operative patient needs (get fluids, popsicles as directed by RN).
Provide support to patients/families by listening and/or holding and portraying a caring attitude for all concerned.
Observing patient/parental behavior and making any necessary reports to the R.N./Clinical Leader.
Maintain cleanliness, help in stocking small supplies, obtaining unit equipment, taking sheets off stretchers, wiping off mattress and side rails with approved hospital cleaning solution, remaking and taking to stretcher corral in preop as needed.
While the volunteer will not push patients in wheelchairs, the volunteer may assist families going to all units within the hospital or discharge to their vehicle.  When assisting with discharges, the volunteer will return wheelchairs to the unit.
 
May be reassigned to other areas within Peri-operative Services.
Assists nursing staff with other tasks, as requested.
 
Requirements:
Ability to get along well with other people.
Ability to deal with grieving or unhappy parents in a fast-paced, high stressful environment.
Be comfortable in a post-surgical atmosphere that entails post-operative conditions, such as vomiting, bloody drainage, etc.
Ability to work independently in a busy environment.
Ability to assist with multiple projects.
Be sensitive and non-judgmental regarding cultural diversity, with high regard for individual family differences, preferences and lifestyles.
Ability to perform physical activities including, but not limited to: lifting, pulling, pushing, walking, standing, reaching, crouching and stooping.
 
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.
 
Patient Contact:
Yes, with direct supervision of a registered nurse.