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Summer Program Volunteer Applications Now Open!

Know a student age 14 or older who would make a great Children’s Hospital volunteer this summer?

Those interested in becoming volunteers may apply through our website before April 1st, 2012. Open to students only, the summer volunteer program is a great opportunity for those interested in gaining experience and sharing time with children in a hospital setting!

To learn more about the qualifications for our summer volunteer program, and to apply, please visit our website:

New Children’s Hospital Commercials Released!

You may have already noticed several new commercials running for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, but here’s your chance to see them all!

A total of seventeen new commercials for Children’s Hospital have been developed, and will begin to air in the next several weeks. These fun new videos give viewers an unscripted, inspiring and often humorous glimpse into the care and support given to patients and families here at Children’s.  Brief interviews with doctors, nurses and families, as well as lots of footage from within the hospital, are included in the videos.

Click Here to check out the new commercials and other new materials, or visit!

Children’s Pediatric Hospice Volunteer Training

We will be offering a pediatric hospice volunteer training to any interested volunteers!  This training is in addition to our general volunteer orientation; sessions are scheduled for 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings, beginning April 3. The position involves being a part of the hospice team and volunteering with a hospice family in their homes, providing support and activities for siblings and patients.

If you are interested in more information, please contact Sandy Bergeron at [email protected].

For more information about Children’s hospice/pain and palliative care program, please visit our website at

February Is Volunteer Evaluation Month!

Have you been volunteering with us here at Children’s Hospital for 6 months or longer? If so, you will soon be approached by a friendly Volunteer Services coordinator, or a staff person in the department you volunteer with, for a quick Annual Evaluation!

This evaluation process will provide volunteers with feedback about their service, and will also give volunteers the opportunity to share feedback about how things are going and what could be improved.

Have you been here for LESS than 6 months? Don’t worry; you won’t be left out!  All volunteers who have started their service within the last six months will be asked to complete an “initial competency review” to go over basic safety, infection control, and policy items!

Please be in touch at any time to share your feedback!

Pediatric Grand Rounds: February

Grand rounds: Meetings at which physicians discuss the clinical case of one or more patients. Grand rounds originated as part of residency training, wherein new information was taught and clinical reasoning skills were enhanced. Grand rounds today are an integral component of medical education. They present clinical problems in medicine by focusing on current or interesting cases (

Pediatric Grand Rounds at Children’s are open to all interested volunteers!  Grand Rounds are held each Thursday from 8-9 am at the following locations:

Minneapolis Campus:

Children’s Specialty Center, Room 506

2530 Chicago Ave. S.

St. Paul Campus:

John Nasseth Medical Center

Conference Room

255 N. Smith Ave.

February 2012 Sessions:

2/2: “Humanism in Pediatric Death and Bereavement”

Presented by Janet Serwint, MD, General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine Professor, Johns Hopkins

2/9: “Clinicopathologic Conference”

Presented by Brian Yablon, MD, Pediatric Chief Resident, University of Minnesota

2/16:  “Morbidity & Mortality Conference”

Presented by Gigi Chawla, MD, Children’s Clinic

2/23:  “Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Diseases – A Primer for Minnesota’s Primary Care Providers”

Presented by Lazaros Kochilas, MD, Amplatz Children’s Hospital;  Annemarie Saarinen, MN Newborn Heart Screening Project; and Amy Gaviglio, MN Department of Health

No pre-registration is required!  For more information, please contact the Children’s Medical Education Office at (651) 220-6131.  We will continue to post future educational opportunities for volunteers on this site!

Happy Holiday Season from Volunteer Services!

It’s a busy time of year! Students are completing their final exams and coursework, families are preparing for the impending onslaught of snowy winter weather, and the new year is fast approaching!

To mark the holiday season, the Volunteer Services offices in Minneapolis and St. Paul will be closed:

  • Monday, December 26th, 2011
  • Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Volunteers are still welcome to come in if they’d like to on these days, but doing so is optional.

Volunteer Services at Children's-St. Paul is decorated and ready for winter!

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS for all you do here throughout the year! Enjoy a wonderful holiday season!

Happy “Wash Your Hands” Week!

It’s National Handwashing Awareness Week!  As such, we wanted to briefly review some important hand hygiene policies.  When volunteering, you should be washing your hands:

  • -before entering & after exiting patient rooms
  • -after using the restroom
  • -after eating or drinking
  • -after contact with patient bedding, clothing, or body fluids

When washing your hands, Wendy Berg, Children’s Infection Preventionist, says, “The expectation is to use either hand foam or soap & water, but not both.  Soap & water should be used after every 10-15 applications of hand foam.”

When applying hand foam, the amount of foam used should be approximately the size of a golf ball (see below)!

HW-Golf Ball

When rubbing your hands together, make sure that you rub ALL of the foam in!  The picture below illustrates what NOT to do:  please rub your hands together until the product dries.

HW-Half Foam

Hand foam should be used in most circumstances, unless your hands are visibly soiled (from contact with body fluids, using the restroom, eating a red velvet cupcake, etc.):

HW-Red Velvet

When your hands become soiled, please use soap & water to clean them!

HW-Soap & Water

Handwashing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infection, so PLEASE…WASH YOUR HANDS, WASH YOUR HANDS, WASH YOUR HANDS!  Our goal is for each volunteer’s hands to look like this:

HW-Clean Hands

Thanks for doing your part to protect our patients & families from germs!

Mounds Park Students Donate Blankets!

A huge thank-you to the students and families at Mounds Park Academy, who donated beautiful tie blankets yesterday to Children’s Hospital-St. Paul! Families worked together on the project during an organized evening event at the school, tying the sides of large squares of fleece material to create warm and colorful blankets. The fleece blankets are the perfect size for older children and teens here at Children’s Hospital!

Students (left to right) Mohammad, Christiana and Ellie delivered blankets to Children's Hospital with adviser James Toole

Thank you for your hard work and kind donation!

Welcome, Ingrid Schmeling!

Editor’s Note:  We are so excited to welcome Ingrid Schmeling as the newest team member in Children’s Volunteer Services! Read on for Ingrid’s “hello” message!

Ingrid Schmeling

“Hello, all!  My name is Ingrid Schmeling, and I could not be more excited about becoming a Volunteer Coordinator in the Volunteer Services Department, Minneapolis Campus.  I am a former Children’s volunteer (yahoo!) and University of St. Thomas graduate, with a double major in Psychology and Spanish.  I have spent the past 2 ½ years working as an Admissions Coordinator for Children’s at their Roseville Rehabilitation Site.

A bit more about me:  I am a huge animal lover who enjoys movies, music, travel, good food, and spending time with friends and family.  If you ever need a pet sitter, I am the gal to ask!  I had the privilege of studying abroad in Rome (as a Spanish major…whoops!) in college, and have had a passion for fashion and travel ever since!  I may love food, but am not the greatest chef…I do make a MEAN mac n’ cheese, though (straight from the Kraft box, of course).  That is me in a nutshell…to learn more, feel free to ask. :) I look forward to meeting all of the amazing volunteers and staff at Children’s!”

WELCOME, Ingrid! We’re so happy to have you join Volunteer Services!