Volunteers must be ages 18 and older and a high school graduate.
The application for this program is currently closed. Please check back on Jul. 1, 2019, to apply for our Fall 2019 round of recruitment. Please note that the application will be open online for 14 days or until we receive 150 applications (whichever occurs first).
The Patient Care program can be as enriching for those who donate their time as it can be for the children. Volunteering in the hospital is an experience like no other. Patient Care Volunteers spend time with children or young adults on our inpatient units, in the Emergency Department and in our outpatient clinics. No visit is ever the same. Volunteers may play games with patients, such as Uno, or help out with other various activities including puzzles, arts and crafts, reading, blowing bubbles, etc. Televisions in patient rooms are equipped with internet access, a full library of movies and even video games that can be played with the patient. Ultimately, the activities are dependent on the patient's age, abilities and interests. By participating in these activities, not only are you making their hospital stay more enjoyable, but you may also be allowing time for a family member to get a much needed coffee break or lunch without feeling guilty about leaving their child alone.
Patient Care Volunteers are asked to make at least a one-year, 100-hour commitment. Volunteers generally work between two and four hours each week and typically come in around the same time each week to ensure that the hospital has coverage over the course of each day. With that said, we understand that you take vacations, have special events to attend, come down with the occasional illness, etc. For consistency on our inpatient units, we ask that you be present for the entire year of your service — if you travel regularly or leave the area for the summer or winter, please wait to apply until you know that you'll be in the Washington, D.C., region for an entire year.
Our Patient Care Volunteers represent Children's National, and we hold high expectations for our volunteers to ensure that our patients and families have the best hospital experience possible. As a Patient Care Volunteer, you will be expected to:
- Comply with all medical and background check requirements
- Attend all required orientations, trainings, hospital tours and shadowing sessions
- Learn and exercise hospital safety and behavior conduct guidelines
- Protect patient identity and privacy
- Dress appropriately and according to hospital guidelines
- Engage in age-appropriate play and interactions with patients
- Work with patients of all ages, backgrounds and developmental abilities
- Be a source of information about the hospital for patients and their families
- Be a source of fun and comfort for patients and their families
Please note that Patient Care Volunteers do not perform medical procedures of any kind or receive information regarding the medical diagnosis, treatment or prognosis of any patient.
This program takes place at the Main Hospital on Michigan Avenue NW in Washington, D.C.