Critical Care Connection Volunteer Program
It takes an integrated team of dedicated experts to care for critically ill patients. As a Critical Care Connection Volunteer you will be responsible for a variety of activities that promote excellence in patient care, education, and advocacy in NYM’s Intensive Care Unit. With the support and leadership of the Clinical Director of the ICU, Nurse Manager, Chaplains, and Patient Representatives, volunteers will be key players as you interact with patients, their families, physicians, and nurses, in this emotionally charged environment.
Critical Care Connection Volunteers should be:
Able to aid families on this emotional roller coaster
Minimum Age: at least 19 years old
Minimum Time: Two, 4 hour shifts per week for a total of 150 hours
Times: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Program Best Suited for:
Pre-Med students, Post-Baccs, and Nursing students
Congestive Heart Failure Volunteer Intervention Program (CHF-VIP)
Volunteers interview CHF patients, using health literacy techniques, to determine the patient’s knowledge and ability to grasp the importance of ongoing maintenance of this disease (including: medication regimens, daily weight management, diet adherence and the importance of consistent follow up with physician through post-discharge appointments). To support the patient at home the volunteers make follow-up phone calls to: boost patient involvement, improve patient awareness, with the goal to ultimately reduce rates of re-hospitalization within thirty days. CHF-VIP volunteers are also responsible for assisting with mobilization of patients, distributing meal trays, stocking supplies, and any other tasks that facilitate patient-centered care.
Best suited for those with an interest in:
Requirements of this program:
Previous patient care experience
Commitment to eight to ten hours a week, with at least four of those hours falling between 8am and 4pm, Monday through Friday.
A full six-month commitment
Patient Portal Volunteer Program
The use of technology in healthcare impacts everything we do at the Hospital. New York Methodist is ahead of the curve in the use of electronic medical records and, as a key component of health care reform, we have developed a patient portal that provides access to our patients. This information helps patients to understand their diagnosis and treatment and is useful after discharge.
Patient Portal volunteers go to the bedside to assist patients and their caregivers in learning how to access their medical information through the MyNYM portal. By teaching patients how to access and utilize MyNYM, volunteers play an active role in encouraging patients to engage more fully their care and treatment. Engaged patients have better health outcomes!
Volunteers will be trained on iPads and supported by our information technology staff.
Program Best Suited For: Pre-health students
Volunteers must commit to two four-hour shifts per week for a minimum of six months.
Shifts: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 12-4 p.m. and 4-8 p.m., seven days a week.