Volunteer Opportunities: Working with Patients
Any day, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Volunteer functions as an ambassador of goodwill visiting and interacting with patients,
families and staff. The volunteer's mission is to lift the spirit and reduce the
emotional suffering of those who are ill and alone. He or she seeks to communicate
in ways that show compassion and concern by bringing encouragement, hope and joy
to patients who might otherwise have no visitors. The volunteer's role is to care
and to listen.
American Cancer Society Visitation
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
One or two volunteers needed per day. Volunteers are referred by healthcare professionals
to visit patients and families in the inpatient oncology units to provide emotional
support and increase public awareness of American Cancer Society services. Volunteers
also staff the ACS office where information is provided to the public.
Monday-Friday, mornings or afternoons
Volunteers work in outpatient areas to help provide a welcoming environment. You
will provide customer service, emotional support and comfort to patients, families
and visitors. You will assist staff with general and clerical tasks and coordinate
support groups. Working in a clinic provides an opportunity to expand one's knowledge
of a specific field of medicine.
Partners in Care
Any day, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Volunteers assist nursing staff by providing general non-clinical support to patients
and families. Volunteers perform various tasks such as distributing and retrieving
meal trays, serving ice and water, touring families around the unit and hospital,
delivering lab tests and assisting with patient transportation. Partners in Care
may be assigned to:
- Emergency Department (great for exploring medical careers)
- Medical and surgical units
- Selective intensive care units
Days and Times Vary
UF Health Jacksonville's dog therapy program ensures a positive experience for patients,
visitors and staff. Our policy allows registered therapy animal teams that meet
certain requirements to visit patients.
Arts in Medicine Volunteer
Days and Times Vary
Volunteer works closely with our Arts in Medicine team to interact with patients
by using various art forms to promote positive medical outcomes. Various forms
of art include painting, crafts, stenciling, music and such. Must be comfortable
one-on-one at the patient bedside with good communication skills.