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COLLEGE STUDENT VOLUNTEER Application & Information

Dear Prospective Volunteer:

Thank you for your interest in the volunteer program at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Our volunteers work in departments throughout the hospital and share their skills to help the hospital fulfill its mission of excellence in patient care and customer service. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities and will make every effort to match our needs with your particular skills and interests.

Adult and college student volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Volunteers born in 1957 or after must show proof of having a MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) immunization in 1980 or after.

Volunteers must complete the following steps:
• New volunteer orientation
• Personal interview (scheduled at the time of orientation) • Health screening (to be completed after personal interview) • General training
• Additional training in the assigned job

Health Screening:
Below are the TB skin test and immunization requirements for volunteers at Sharp HealthCare.  TB skin testing and Flu vaccine will be provided by Sharp Employee Occupational Health Department (EOHD) at no charge.  Any vaccine or titer documentation that is required will need to be completed by a provider of your choosing.  Student health services, primary care providers and San Diego county immunization clinics are available as resources to get the required vaccinations.  If there is a co-pay for your visit(s) Sharp HealthCare will reimburse your expenses up to $20 per visit.  Please provide us with an original receipt and address to mail reimbursement.

If you need a booster for MMR or Varicella, please do not get this until AFTER you have had your TB skin testing at Sharp EOHD.  If you have had a live virus vaccine such as MMR or Varicella, we are required to wait 4 weeks before we can give you a TB skin test and this would delay your start as a volunteer.

o 2 step TB skin test given 1 week apart at Sharp Employee Occupational Health Department.
o Documentation of 2 doses Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine o During Flu Season October to March, one dose of Seasonal Flu vaccine given in EOHD or a signed verification form and/or declination form.

o Documentation of 1 dose Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) given 2005 or later.** o Documentation of immunity to Chickenpox.  You can provide either a titer (blood test) showing proof of immunity if you have had chickenpox in the past OR if you have not had chicken pox you will need documentation of 2 doses of Varicella vaccine.**

**= Only required for volunteers in Women’s Clinical Areas

Student Volunteer expected commitment:
• Must commit a minimum of one year (Radiology, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy students excluded) • Work a minimum of 2 shifts per month; each shift is 4 hours

Complete Application Includes:
Part 1: College Student Application
Part 2: Unofficial Transcripts
• Minimum GPA of 2.75 w/ proof of Unofficial Transcripts Part 3: Application Essay
Essays must be 400 – 600 words, typed. Please answer one of the following questions: • What has inspired you to pursue a career in the medical field, and how will your values and life experience contribute to creating a healing environment for patients? • Sharp’s core values are integrity, caring, innovation and excellence. How do these values play into your own life, and how will they be a part of your medical career?

If you have any questions regarding this process, please call the Volunteer Office at (619) 740-4059, or email sgh.volunteers@sharp.com. Again, thank you for your interest in Sharp Grossmont’s Volunteer Program.

Sincerely,

Katrina Villard

Linda Van FulpenKatrina Villard
Manager of Volunteer Services...
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