Volunteer Opportunities with IU Health Arnett

Volunteering at IU Health Arnett

Volunteers make a difference at Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital and are an integral part of the success of IU Health Arnett. 

Our volunteers provide an indispensable service to the patients and staff of IU Health Arnett. The care given to patients is enhanced through the services volunteers provide. We make an effort to place individuals in a position of their interests. However, volunteer position availability varies. Many volunteers find that there are many benefits to volunteering in various positions.

Volunteer Services Mission Statement

The Volunteer Services Department for IU Health Arnett Health has been established to develop and maintain an efficient and humanistic volunteer group who offer an extra dimension of care and service to patients, empathy for families and visitors, and supportive services for the organization’s staff.  All to assist us in our commitment to pursue perfection, to provide compassionate care and to embrace our healers so that we can provide for our patients and families the assurance that they made the right choice for their health care.

Benefits to volunteering at IU Health Arnett

The intangible benefits of volunteering are many.  A volunteer may benefit from an improved sense of self-worth, pride and accomplishment while improving the lives of others. Hospital volunteer opportunities provide the added benefit of interacting with those you are helping so you can see the difference you make in the lives of others.

  1. Volunteering can help you make new friends and contacts while strengthening your tie to the community
  2. Volunteering increases your social and relationship skills
  3. Volunteering is good for your mind and body
    • Increases self confidence
    • Combats depression
    • Helps you stay physically active
  4. Volunteering can teach you valuable job skills
  5. Volunteering provides exposure to careers in healthcare.

Who Can Volunteer

Anyone over the age of 18 is allowed to volunteer at IU Health Arnett.

FAQs

What are the time commitments?

Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 45 hours of service and a minimum of three hours of service per week is required. However, the amount of hours may be subject to change depending upon the needs of the department and volunteer and with approval of the volunteer supervisor.

How long does the application process take and how soon can I begin volunteering?

Prospective volunteers must complete a volunteer application which contains the names and telephone numbers of two personal references (non-relatives). After completing the application process, a screening interview must be scheduled with the Department of Volunteer Services.

Applicants are reviewed and a reference check and criminal background check are then conducted. Upon successful completion of these checks, the applicant must finish the application process then schedule and attend an interview with a potential supervisor. Once the screening interview has been complete, you will receive an email from Volunteer Services which will include the online training and orientation instructions.

Volunteers must also provide documentation of vaccinations and will receive various screening. 

Is there a dress code?

Yes. We required all volunteers to wear black pants, a red shirt and their nametag.

Can I volunteer in more than one area?

With the numerous requests we receive to volunteer, we typically limit a volunteer to one area for the 15-week commitment.

How many days a week can I volunteer?

Volunteers can volunteer one or two times a week for 3-4 hour shifts.

What volunteer shifts are available?

Volunteer shifts vary depending on the service area but generally shifts are available seven days a week from 7 am – 8 pm.

What can I expect at the volunteer orientation?

Training topics include a general overview of the volunteer program, infection control policies, environmental safety, liability, patient confidentiality, HIPPA, and other hospital policies. The online training must be taken on an IU Health Arnett computer.

Volunteers should be properly trained by their departmental supervisor or designated staff to successfully complete assigned tasks. This training is divided into two areas: basic workplace instructions (e.g. location of bathroom, where to put coat, etc.) and volunteer task assignments.

Where do I park?

Parking varies depending on the location of volunteering shift. Always park in the last row in the parking lot from the main entrance.

Do you offer internships?

Yes, please contact Human Resources for more information at 765-838-6285.

Will I be able to shadow a doctor or have a clinical experience?

Volunteer services does not offer this opportunity. If you are a medical student seeking educational opportunities, please visit Medical Student Education.

What health requirements do I need to meet?

Volunteers must provide documentation of vaccinations.

Employees, faculty, physicians, staff, students, and volunteers across IU Health Arnett are required to receive the flu vaccination. The seasonal flu vaccine is provided free of charge to all volunteers.

All volunteers are screened for tuberculosis following the interview and must be determined to be free of active infection by the Employee Health Nurse before beginning service within the hospital. Any volunteer with a positive reaction to the PPD test is advised to follow up with

Volunteers must receive a TB screening on an annual basis to maintain active status.

How do I become a hospice volunteer?

Please contact the Hospice Coordinator, Donald Burlock at 765-838-5784 or email dburlock@iuhealth.org.

Will it cost me to volunteer?

We provide a jacket for you to wear on your shifts.  Volunteers will wear either black or khaki slacks which we do not provide.

Can I volunteer just for the summer?

Yes, but we do require a 15 week minimum in all volunteer service areas.

Are meals provided to volunteers?

If your volunteer time is during a meal, then you are entitled to a meal in the Banyan Café (at the hospital).

Volunteer Story – Jerry and Bette Taylor

Jerry and I both volunteer because we love people and really enjoy the patients' families and the staff at IU Health Arnett.  Combined we have 49 years of hospital volunteering experience and have loved every minute of it!  We cannot imagine not being able to go and “be at the hospital.”  It is a commitment we have that has taken precedence over all others. We look forward to the days we have "hospital days."  It brightens our lives to know we have the opportunity to be there for someone else.  Whether they just need a shoulder to lean on, a warm and friendly smile or to be escorted to their place of service or back to their loved ones– we are there for them.  Being at the hospital sure makes us thankful for our good health.  Volunteering is special because there is no pay, and we can give from our hearts and not consider it an obligation.  Volunteering is a very worthwhile choice anyone can make and we’re glad we did!