Positions with Patient Contact
Child Life Department – offers two areas of focus for our volunteers, School Aged and Adolescent (SA/A) Program (children ages 3-18) and the Infant and Early Childhood (IEC) (newborn to age 3) development program. Both provide therapeutic development and rehabilitation through play.
Each program requires significant orientation and training. The following outlines the duties and responsibilities of these two positions:
- Required two hour commitment, same day, same time, each week for one year. The consistency allows us to plan your time so you can be fully engaged with each child and assist our staff with an important rehabilitation activity.
- You must be able to lift up to 25 pounds.
- You must be able to get down on the floor and have strong balance and support to interact and play with the children.
- Extensive training is required to work with our medically fragile children. You may care for a child who has an active illness. Part of our training teaches you how to use personal protective equipment (gown, gloves, mask) to keep you and the child safe during your visit.
- Each child is unique and special in their own way. You may be assigned a child that is not as responsive as another child, but will benefit from the same care, nurturing and attention.
- In addition to your time with the children, you will also be needed to assist with toy washing, documentation of visits and picking up after play.
Center for Neonatal Transition and Pediatric Care – has opportunities for ”Cuddlers”. Unlike the Child Life IEC program, the activity with the child is mainly based in the patient room where the volunteers cuddle, swaddle and rock our babies to soothe and comfort them when their parents or caregivers cannot be with them. These positions provide enormous support to our nursing staff as well as the infants. Happy babies make for happiness everywhere at MWPH.
- Required two hour commitment, same day, same time, each week for one year.
- You may care for a child who has an active illness. Part of our training teaches you how to use personal protective equipment (gown, gloves, mask) to keep you and the child safe during your visit.
- Because the babies are medically fragile, Cuddlers are not to feed, diaper or bathe infants.
Non-Patient Contact Positions
Hospitality is an essential aspect to making our patients feel welcomed and at ease during their visit with us.
- Hospitality Cart delivers comfort items to parent/caregivers on our inpatient units and outpatient waiting areas. The items on our cart include magazines, coffee, tea and toiletries
- Donation Organizer MWPH receives clothing, books and toiletry donations throughout the year. These items are passed along to families visiting with us and those in the community in need. Managing the donations and keeping them organized helps our staff be able to stay on top of the items and provide them in a timely fashion.
- Welcome Ambassador greets families in our Outpatient waiting areas and help keep the books and magazines well stocked and tidy.
Clerical – have computer skills using Excel, MS Word, filing, restocking inventory.
Many departments in the hospital use this service to help them with the administrative elements of the hospital.