At Norman Regional, we offer several volunteer opportunities for students. From volunteering on patient units to providing wayfinding to hospital visitors, volunteers are needed in a multitude of departments. Below you will find a list of medical-related service areas. College volunteers may also serve in non-medical areas such as information desks, retail areas and waiting areas.
A few of the volunteer areas include:
Emergency Department – Volunteers assist with families of patients by providing pillows, blankets, water and other comfort items. They also maintain an adequate number of wheelchairs in the ED, restock rooms, assist with errands and other tasks.
Health Club - Volunteers can choose between the front desk or nursery area. Volunteers at the front desk assist members with checking in, perform sales of merchandise, perform clerical duties and other tasks. Volunteers in the nursery area check children in & out, tend to the children in the nursery, maintain a clean and safe environment and other tasks.
Mother/Baby Unit - Volunteers assist with granting visitor access to the unit, respond to patient calls, assemble charts and other tasks.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - Volunteers assist with granting visitor access to the unit, stock bedside carts, answer the phone and other tasks.
Patient Rounding - Volunteers visit patients offering complimentary comfort items such as lip balm, hair combs, puzzle books, etc.
Post Anesthesia Care Unit – Volunteers restock supplies, escort families to waiting area, print EKG strips and assist with other tasks.
Rehabilitation Unit - A group of volunteers gather on Sunday after lunch to host BINGO for patients and families.
Same Day Surgery – Volunteers escort patients/families to rooms, assist families in waiting area, take specimens to lab, make charts and help with other duties.
Senior Counseling Center - Volunteers assist staff with serving lunch and tending to breaktime, complete various office work, prepare patient nametags, sanitize facility and other tasks.
Wound Care – Volunteers prepare daily patient charts, call patients to confirm appointments, assist with inventory and accompany nursing staff in patient appointments learning about wound dressings and the hyperbaric wound care chambers.
Benefits to active volunteers include the following:
Meal provided by the cafeteria
Flu shots administered during flu season
Opportunity to meet new friends and acquaintances
Training and learning opportunities
Upon completion of an application, potential volunteers will be required to complete the following:
Orientation – Each prospective volunteer is required to attend a three-hour orientation session. Orientations are held 3 times a year – typically on the Tuesday of the week prior to classes starting at the University of Oklahoma (early January, mid May, mid August), but dates vary.
Commitment – We ask our college volunteers to commit to a minimum of one shift per week for two semesters. Volunteers have the opportunity to change their service area day & time for each semester they continue in the program.
Tuberculin or TB Skin Test – A mandatory TB test must be completed a minimum of one week prior to orientation at the volunteer’s expense. A second TB test is provided by the hospital during orientation.
Immunization Screening – Proof of vaccination for measles ,mumps, rubella and varicella is a requirement.
Background Check – A background check will be done on all volunteers prior to receiving volunteer placement.
Uniforms – Uniforms are mandatory for all volunteers. They include a navy blue uniform top, white slacks and clean athletic shoes. The cost of the uniform top is $10. You may wear your own white pants (full-length, no jeans), or purchase white scrub pants from The Scrub Shop for $13.