Shriners Hospitals For Children

Shriners Hospitals For Children
2425 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento CA 95817

Select which internship you would like more information on:

Please complete an application from the Shriners Hospital website and send to:
Lillian Nelson
Volunteer Services Coordinator
Shriners Hospital for Children - N. CA.
2425 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento CA 95817

If you are selected you will be required to:

  • show proof of immunizations (fill out the two forms included in packet)
    MMR, current TB (within 3 months; titer (quantiferon) not accepted), clear recollection of having had chicken pox (Immunizations may be updated by your health care provider or make an appointment at Student Health and Wellness Center on campus.)
  • attend a mandatory orientation at the hospital,
  • make a 2 quarter commitment with minimum of 4 hrs/week,
  • see a H&BS student advisor for transcript notation paper work and timesheet.
  • You must volunteer at least 40 hours in a quarter to be awarded transcript notation (keep a time sheet!)
  • schedule a drug screening test (urine sample screening for Rx and non-Rx drugs and alcohol)
  • complete necessary paperwork for a background check

SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
DESCRIPTION OF VOLUNTEER ASSIGNMENT

Acute Care Inpatient Volunteer

Supervisor: Charge Nurse/Nurse Manager
Lillian Nelson, Volunteer Services Coordinator

Hours: Seven days per week, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., 3-4 hour shifts

Objectives: To provide clerical and patient activity support.

Requirements for Assignment:

  • English literacy. Bilingual in Spanish helpful.
  • Basic office skills helpful.
  • Positive interaction skills necessary.
  • Able to move heavy equipment (i.e. wheelchairs, beds)
  • Knowledge of childhood growth and development helpful.

Duties:

  1. Report to assignment regularly and punctually. Contact supervisor in advance if unable to report as assigned.
  2. Answering telephones.
  3. Basic filing and organizing of unit supplies, including patient bedside stands.
  4. Assisting in patient meals (tray prep, eating, etc.)
  5. Reading, playing games, assisting patients in diversionary activities.
  6. Supervising patients in designated off unit areas.
  7. Special projects as assigned.

Benefits:

  1. Flexible hours and shifts.
  2. Working with congenial staff.
  3. Working with patients.

SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
DESCRIPTION OF VOLUNTEER ASSIGNMENT

Ambulatory Care

Supervisor: Ambulatory Care Nurse
Lillian Nelson, Volunteer Services Coordinator

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday

Objectives: To assist in providing ambulatory care services.

Requirements for Assignment:

  • Physical ability to perform assigned tasks.
  • English literacy, Spanish-speaking very helpful.
  • Clerical/basic office skills.
  • Ability to interact sensitively with patients and families, maintaining confidentiality and respect for multi-cultural clientele.

Duties:

  1. Report to assignment regularly and punctually. Contact in advance if unable to report as assigned.
  2. Filing, compiling patient packets.
  3. Escort patients to in-house appointments.
  4. Provide patients with diversionary activities in waiting area.
  5. Special projects as assigned.

Benefits:

  1. Volunteer recognition activities.
  2. Experience with children with various disabilities.
  3. Enhance general office skills.
  4. Opportunity to interact with patients and their families during their hospital experience.

SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
DESCRIPTION OF VOLUNTEER ASSIGNMENT

Occupational Therapy Volunteer

Supervisor: Pauline Wong, Occupational Therapy Manager
Lillian Nelson, Volunteer Services Coordinator

Hours: Monday through Friday - determined in conjunction with Occupational
Therapy Staff based on needs of Occupational Therapy Department.

Objectives: To assist in providing occupational therapy services. To familiarize
themselves with a working occupational therapy department.

Requirements for Assignment:

  • Physical ability to perform assigned tasks.
  • English literacy; Spanish speaking very helpful.
  • Ability to interact sensitively with patient and families, maintaining confidentiality and respect for multi-cultural clientele.
  • Interest in pursing Occupational Therapy as a career.

Duties:

  1. Report to assignment regularly and punctually. Contact supervisor in advance if unable to report as assigned.
  2. Become familiar with occupational therapy ADL equipment and supplies.
  3. Assist in maintenance of therapy work area (i.e. cleaning up after activities, replacing supplies, replacing linen and filling whirlpools).
  4. Assist with PRE group and other patient treatment under the direct supervision of a therapist.
  5. Assist therapists with transporting patients.
  6. Make photocopies at staff request.
  7. Assist with fabrication and/or organization of test kits, program activities (i.e. visual-motor, fine-motor).
  8. Assist with organization of splinting area; become familiar with types of materials, splinting purposes and assist with fabrication.
  9. Assist with equipment maintenance (i.e. wheelchair storeroom, wheelchairs, paraffin, hydrocollator).
  10. Assist with compiling routine ADL equipment lists an become familiar with various adaptations available.

Benefits:

  1. Exposure to Occupational Therapy programs and services.
  2. Become familiar with occupational therapy equipment and supplies and their use.
  3. Working with therapists who are willing to answer questions, give ideas and input regarding OT profession.
  4. Work with specific patient clientele - relating with different age groups, cultures, and disabilities.

SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
DESCRIPTION OF VOLUNTEER ASSIGNMENT

Therapeutic Recreation/Child Life Volunteer

Supervisor: Therapeutic Recreation/Child Life Manager
Therapeutic Recreation/Child Life Specialists
Therapeutic Recreation Aide
Lillian Nelson, Volunteer Services Coordinator

Hours: Sunday through Saturday - Determined in conjunction
Therapeutic Recreation/Child Life Manager based on
needs of Therapeutic Recreation/Child Life Department.

Objectives: To assist in providing Therapeutic Recreation services and activities.

Requirements for Assignment:

  • Physical ability to perform assigned tasks.
  • English literacy; Spanish speaking very helpful.
  • Ability to interact sensitively with patient and families, maintaining confidentiality and respect for multi-cultural clientele.
  • Ability to understand and support Therapeutic Recreation/Child Life intervention.
  • Accountability for all policies and procedures that pertain to the Therapeutic Recreation/Child Life department, Hospital Administration, Infection Control, Safety and Volunteer Services.

Duties:

  1. Report to assignment regularly and punctually. Contact supervisor in advance if unable to report as assigned.
  2. Maintain attendance record in the volunteer resource manual.
  3. Become familiar with Therapeutic Recreation/Child Life Volunteer Resource Manual, equipment, and supplies.
  4. Assist patients in selecting and participating in recreation activities.
  5. Provide individual attention to patients in isolation.
  6. Assist and support Therapeutic Recreation/Child Life staff in the implementation of structured activities.
  7. To supervise patients in the central activity area during non-structured free play sessions.
  8. Provide input regarding needs of patients.
  9. Provide input regarding new programs and/or activities.
  10. Assist in planning and implementation of group activities.
  11. Assist with special events or other special projects as assigned.
  12. Assist Therapeutic Recreation/Child Life staff on therapeutic outings with patients.
  13. Assist Therapeutic Recreation/Child Life staff during aquatics sessions.
  14. Assist in maintenance of Therapeutic Recreation/Child Life work area (i.e. general cleaning of central activity area, clean up after activities, returning equipment and supplies to specified areas).

Benefits:

  1. Work in an area that fosters creativity and independence.
  2. Exposure to Therapeutic Recreation/Child Life programs and services.
  3. Opportunity to work closely with patients and families to make their hospital experience more enjoyable.

SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
DESCRIPTION OF VOLUNTEER ASSIGNMENT

Physical Therapy Volunteer

Supervisor: Donna Roche, Senior Physical Therapy Manager
Lori Burns, Volunteer Services Coordinator

Hours: Monday through Friday - Determined in conjunction with the Physical
Therapy Staff based on needs of Physical Therapy Department.

Objectives: To assist in providing physical therapy services. To familiarize
themselves with a working physical therapy department.

Requirements for Assignment:

  • Physical ability to perform assigned tasks.
  • English literacy; Spanish speaking very helpful.
  • Ability to interact sensitively with patient and families, maintaining confidentiality and respect for multicultural clientele.
  • Interest in pursing Physical Therapy as a career.

Duties:

  1. Report to assignment regularly and punctually. Contact supervisor in advance if unable to report as assigned.
  2. Become familiar with physical therapy equipment and supplies.
  3. Assist in maintenance of therapy work area (i.e. cleaning up after activities, replacing supplies, replacing linen and filling whirlpools).
  4. Assist with equipment maintenance (i.e. crutch/wheelchair storeroom, wheelchair's, hydrocallotor).
  5. Assist therapists with exercise groups (i.e. PRE, mat group, wheelchair mobility group) under direct supervision of therapist.
  6. Assist therapists in transfers or in manual support under direct supervision of a therapist.
  7. Provide one on one attention to patients spending time in standing frame, in traction, on prone stander, or in whirlpool.
  8. Assist patients in routine mat exercise programs under supervision of the treating therapist.
  9. Assist therapist in pool exercise programs.

Benefits:

  1. Exposure to Physical Therapy programs and services.
  2. Education in basic therapeutic exercise techniques.
  3. Exposure to pool therapy.
  4. Opportunity to interact with patients during their hospital experience.
  5. Exposure to a very specialized patient population.