Newport Hospital Offers Volunteer Opportunities
Next information session is September 10
(NEWPORT, R.I.) – Looking for a volunteer opportunity in Newport? Newport Hospital is now recruiting for a number of volunteer positions throughout the hospital.
If you are interested in bringing the gift of a “walk & talk” to patients this position is right for you. There will be a comprehensive training in October provided by the physical therapy and nursing staff on how to safely ambulate patients. Volunteers are needed for a once-a-week, two-hour commitment.
Supplies Surveillance Coordinator
The infection control nurse and safety committee will partner with volunteers to audit supplies closets. Must have good organizational skills, attention to detail and enjoy working independently. The volunteer will rotate supplies, check for outdated materials, and look for the sterility and integrity of packaging. You will be trained and asked to volunteer for eight hours a month for at least a year. This can be done as a team project with two people.
Gift Shop Cashiers
Volunteers who seek a position in retail and customer service can apply to volunteer in the Newport Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop. The shop is a fun boutique serving hospital employees and visitors seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteers will assist customers in all aspects of the retail experience. Must have ability to operate cash register, credit card machine and make change.
Comfort Care Team
Volunteers on the Comfort Care Team offer patients and their caregivers hand massage, Reiki and guided imagery. The adjunctive therapies are proven to be effective for reducing the stress of illness and managing pain. Volunteers must have Reiki Level I certification. Registered massage therapist will provide training in hand massage for the hospital setting.
High School Students After-School Transport
Teens are needed to provide patient wheelchair transport, escort visitors to their destination, deliver flowers and run errands. The position is Monday through Friday at the Information Desk from 3 to 5 p.m. Each student is asked to take one shift a week for a minimum of six months.
If any of these positions sound interesting, please do the following:
- Complete an on-line volunteer application at www.newporthospital.org or call 845-4244 to receive an application.
- Attend a Volunteer Information Session. Sessions are held in the Gudoian Conference Room at Newport Hospital from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Upcoming information sessions will be held on: September 10, October 9 and November 4. No registration required.
- Participate in an interview, criminal background check, provide two professional references, and complete the mandatory health screening.
For more information, please call Lisa Coble, director of Volunteer Services, at 845-1635.
About Newport Hospital
Newport Hospital was founded in 1873 and is Newport County’s only acute care hospital. Located on Powel Avenue in Newport, it is a community hospital with a broad spectrum of health services, including an emergency department, an award-winning birthing center, a behavioral health unit, surgical services, a renowned rehabilitation division, and a full array of outpatient services. Newport Hospital holds Magnet designation for excellence in nursing care. The hospital became a partner in the Lifespan health system in 1997. Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/newporthospital) and on Twitter @NewportHospital.