The hospital depends on you to be on time and to remain on duty for the completion of the assignment. If you are not able to come in for any reason, please call the Volunteer Office at (732) 937-8507 or your assigned department in advance.
Sign In and Sign Out
It is very important for the Volunteer Department to keep track of all volunteer hours. Please sign in and out on the volunteer sheet found at the Main Lobby desk and the Front Desk of the Children’s Hospital.
The hospital requires that all employees and volunteers dress in a neat, clean and professional manner. All volunteers must wear their I.D. badges and smocks (where needed) at all times. Jeans, shorts, tank tops and open toe shoes are not permitted.
It is the policy of the hospital that all personnel must be immunized. Immunization records must include TB (tuberculosis) testing. The TB test is given at no cost to our volunteers and must be done on a yearly basis.
Volunteers born after 1956 must also present proof of immunity to measles, German measles (rubella and rubeola).
In the event of a Code Red, remember RACE:
R—Rescue those in immediate danger
A—Alarm. Sound alarm at pull station nearest you. Notify telephone operator by dialing 2222 and give the exact location and extent of the fire.
C—Close all doors.
E—Extinguish the fire.
When the alarm sounds, listen for a page to determine the location. The operator will announce Code Red and give a location. Remember to:
- Close all doors and windows to protect patients from smoke and prevent drafts.
- Remove your patients from danger.
- Clear hallways.
- Await further instructions.
A hospital will have patients who have communicable diseases that may pose a risk to others. Many of these infections are known as “opportunistic” and do not affect those with a functioning immune system. These risks are greatly reduced by placement of contagious individuals in isolation and/or following appropriate precautions. In addition to isolation procedures, the most important activity you can utilize to protect yourself is to wash your hands. Be sure to wash your hands (20 seconds with soap and water) when coming on duty; after removing gloves; after using the restroom; before entering and after leaving a patient room; before eating; after blowing nose, sneezing, coughing; before going home. There is never a wrong time for handwashing.
If you have a communicable process—sore throat and fever; open, weeping sore; diarrhea—you should stay home.
If you sustain a needlestick or get splashed with blood or body fluids, Report it to the head nurse immediately.