Where do you volunteer, and how long have you been volunteering?
I have been at Children’s Hospital-St. Paul for almost four years, volunteering over 800 hours as a Float Volunteer in the NICU, PICU, 3200, 4100, and 4200 units.
What is your educational/career background?
My previous position was Assistant Clinical Supervisor in Surgery. I worked as a surgical technician and RN before receiving my bachelor’s degree and going into management. My current interests include exploring education related to personal health care: taking responsibility for your well-being, teen pregnancy, development of parent-child communication, and possibly traveling abroad to volunteer.
What first brought you to Children’s as a volunteer?
I became interested in volunteering at Children’s Hospital because of my enjoyment of children. I also was looking for the challenge of working with children who each have a unique need. Children’s Hospital was my first choice, due to its reputation of quality care relating to childhood illnesses and disease. I was also impressed with the volunteer department; they offer a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.
What kinds of things do you enjoy doing when you’re not volunteering?
Extracurricular activities I enjoy include travel, photography, horses, swimming, cooking, reading, music, and stopping to enjoy the sunrise/sunset.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
The looks that a child gives are priceless; thus, the personal fulfillment is beyond words. The appreciation from patients, families, nursing staff and physicians is by far more rewarding than anything I’ve ever done. The nursing staff continually let me know that I am appreciated. Children are incredibly eager to please and so easily intrigued, making each day of volunteering a joy. The multitude of interactive options available to volunteers allows for a unique and positive experience with each child. It is an honor to be allowed to give my time to these precious children.
Thank you, Pamela, for giving your time to Children’s so generously!