Making the most of summer vacation: volunteer work at St. Thomas Hospital
In this entry, Clarise K. writes about her positive experiences volunteering at St. Thomas Hospital during summer break. She is a student in the Academy of Health & Emergency Services at Maplewood High School. Like many students, Clarise is taking advantage of her school’s partnership with a major Nashville-area hospital. She continues to volunteer on a weekly basis.
I started my volunteer experience at St. Thomasin the summer of 2011. I volunteered from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Tuesday and I never missed a day.
When Ms. Ashley (the lady over the volunteer program) showed me to my first station I was so excited to be a volunteer and able to help. I started off in the Dan Ruby Cancer Center. I loved the people down there so much. Everyone was very nice to me. I started off only calling patient’s back. Then I went into making charts and helping hand out food to patients receiving blood that day.
After a month I was moved to the Coumadin Clinic on the other side of the hospital where I met the sweetest lady I haver ever known, Ms. Lila. She was seventy-four years old and also a volunteer. In the Coumadin Clinic I had to sign all patients in and check all patients out. I loved the work I did at St. Thomas and hope to go back soon. This experience was one of the best I’ve had.