How do I become a volunteer?
- Complete the online application and required forms
- Attend an interview/information session, which allows us to learn more about your skills, interests and expectations and for you to learn more about volunteering at Nemours Children's
- Clear background and check references
- Gain medical clearance, including a urine drug screen and blood titer
- Complete online training
- Receive department-specific training
How old do you have to be to volunteer?
Hospital policy requires that you must be 16 years or older to volunteer at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida.
Do I wear a uniform?
Yes, volunteers wear a uniform shirt or apron.
What time commitment is required of volunteers?
All volunteers must be able to commit to volunteering for 75 hours over a 6-month span. Typically, a volunteer shift will be 3-4 hours once a week.
Can I volunteer more than the minimum 6 months?
Absolutely, there are opportunities to complete more than 75 hours. Please note that 75 hours is the minimum.
Can I volunteer more than once a week, in more than one assignment?
Once you have become accustomed to keeping up with one shift there may be an opportunity to add an additional shift. This opportunity is based on the hospital’s needs and how many active volunteers we have at a particular time. To volunteer more than once a week you need to be a volunteer for at least 1 month. Please reach out to the Volunteer Services office if you want to increase the number of shifts you have per week.
I am in the process of looking for a job and have a flexible schedule now. Can I begin volunteering for Nemours?
Because of the time commitment required, we encourage you to apply for onsite volunteer opportunities once you have a better idea of your work schedule and availability. However, there are other ways to help while you find a permanent schedule.
Can I complete all 75 hours in a row?
No, you can’t complete all 75 hours at once. You will start with one 3-4 hour shift per week and may have the opportunity to pick up more shifts in order to complete your minimum 75 hour requirement.
Can I select which department and hours I choose to volunteer?
During your application process we ask you to indicate your weekly availability and your top preferences of departments where you would like to volunteer. Your placement will be selected based on this information and the hospital’s needs.
Is there a program to only rock and hold babies?
There is a Cuddler program at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida. To qualify for this position, you must be a volunteer with us for at least 6 months, meeting the requirement of 75 hours and in good standing.
What happens if I can’t make it into the hospital on any given day?
If you are going to miss your shift, we ask that you contact Volunteer Services regarding your absence. If an extended break in service is needed, a Leave of Absence may be requested.
My schedule changes regularly, can I change my shift schedule?
Shifts are scheduled to accommodate the ongoing needs of Nemours. Please contact the Volunteer Services office to see if your department can consider your request.
Will I be able to shadow any doctors or nurses?
Job shadowing, internships, and externships are academic pursuits and therefore are not coordinated through the Volunteer Services department. If your goal is to shadow, please call the hospital’s general number (407) 567-4000 and ask to be connected to your department of interest.
I cannot make a 6-month commitment to volunteer, but I want to get involved. Am I able to volunteer with a group or a one-time special event activity?
Yes, discover ways to get involved at Nemours through our Child Life Program.
Will my volunteer experience lead to a job?
No, although volunteering at a hospital will allow you to gain experience working in a hospital it is not structured to lead to a job.
How soon can I start?
How soon you start depends on you and how quickly you complete your application and fulfill all the requirements. Please note that it takes an average of 30-45 days to onboard a new volunteer. Your start date could depend on how quickly you move through the process.
When can I volunteer?
Most positions are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Limited positions are available in the evenings and on weekends. (High School volunteers do not volunteer on weekends.)
Am I able to complete my court appointed community service hours at Nemours?
Our volunteer program does not accept applications from individuals who are required by law to complete court appointed community service hours.
What are the benefits of volunteering?
Becoming a Nemours volunteer allows you to:
- Contribute to your community
- Meet new and interesting people
- Gain invaluable learning experiences in a hospital setting
- Be recognized for your service hours
I have additional questions not answered here.
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