All volunteers are required to complete necessary registration paperwork, an interview with the Volunteer Services Manager, and an orientation session prior to starting service.
In addition all volunteers are required to:
- Be at least 16 years old
- Pass a criminal background check (18 years & older)
- Complete a 2-step TB test (performed free of charge by Rush-Copley Family Practice Center or Rush-Copley Occupational Health Clinic)
- Provide vaccination records for MMR, Varicella and Tdap or submit to a blood titer to verify immunity.
- Commit to 6 months of consecutive volunteer service or 100 hours whichever comes first
Volunteers are also encouraged to get an annual flu shot and are expected to attend an annual training meeting offered through Volunteer Services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to the most common questions about volunteering.
How long does the process of becoming a volunteer take?
The process depends on the background check, TB testing, health screening requirements and orientation dates. It can take 2 or more weeks after the initial interview and registration.
Can I choose the department I want to volunteer with?
We do our best to place our volunteers in the department they wish to be in. Ultimately it is based on the volunteer’s availability and department needs.
Will I automatically get hired for a job after volunteering?
No, getting a job offer is solely based on your qualifications and experience.
I would like to gain experience in a particular healthcare profession. Will I have the opportunity for direct patient care?
No, volunteers may not take vitals, obtain patient weights, assist with medical procedures, handle blood products, label specimens, or handle medications. Volunteers in patient care areas support the clinical staff by providing basic comfort measures for patients, acknowledging call lights, and helping with the overall patient experience by adding an extra dimension of empathy, warmth and friendliness to ease and brighten a patient’s hospital stay.
Can I complete court-ordered community service hours at the hospital?
No, we are not able to sign-off on court ordered community service.
I would like to job shadow, what is the process for that program?
Job shadowing and internships at Rush-Copley are handled by our Human Resources Department.