Archive for February, 2013

Buds in Scrubs: The Dude

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Children’s Volunteer Services presents:

Buds in Scrubs!

1.   Meet The Dude:

“Name’s The Dude. I work in Family Services and am the lead Host of Star Studio’s live TV shows. I’ve been here since…actually, I don’t know; I’m not awesome with numbers. 5 years, maybe?  Whoa!”

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of work?

“Playing video games, reading about cool things in history, playing with my little sister, pulling off never-performed skateboard tricks, practicing guitar, perfecting mac-n-cheese recipes, listening to all kinds of music, playing wicked beats on my drum set, napping, and board games…”

 3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

“Having a 7-year-old little sister is like having a kid AND a pet at the same time…”

 4.   What is your favorite book and/or movie?

“My favorite movie is ‘The Little Mermaid.’  It has comedy, action, romance, great characters and music!  My favorite book is the one based on the movie ‘The Little Mermaid.’”

 5.   Who was your hero as a kid?

“My mom.”

 6.   Who is your hero now?

“See Question #5;  heehee!”

 7.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

“It would have chocolate, honey-roasted peanuts, vanilla wafers, and bacon.  I would call it the ‘What Up? Bar.’”

 8.   What do you love most about your job at Children’s?

“Everything.  Especially making people laugh, making friends, and when doctors walk down the hall, see me, and say “‘Dude!’”

 9.   Share a work experience involving volunteers:

“This one time, a volunteer named Alisha co-hosted Bingo with me, and she was so awesome. I can’t wait to have her back!”

Thanks for the high-fives, ‘wassup’s,” and being an all-around cool Dude!

Volunteer Services Takes On The Capitol!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

 

Children’s Volunteer Services joined the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) today in celebrating “Volunteer Day at the Capitol!”
 
Volunteers, volunteer administrators, and Minnesota supporters came out to remind legislators of the importance of volunteerism in our state!
 
Minnesota has 1.58 million volunteers annually who contribute 171.8 million total hours of service…which is valued at $3.7 billion!

 
Did you know that Minnesota was most recently ranked 4th in the country for volunteer rate, and that the Twin Cities ranked 1st in Minnesota metro areas? Our goal is for MN to be 1st among all states!
 
Thank you to OUR incredible volunteers. Your heart, passion, and positivity make an impact!
 
 

“The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.”
                   – Ethel Percy Andrus

Red-Vested Rockstar: Fanny Jimbo

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Children’s Volunteer Services presents: Red-Vested Rockstar!

Meet Fanny!

1.   Why she ROCKS?!

 “My interest in volunteering started when I was in high school. I always wanted to help my community, but I did not know where or how to start. I started volunteering at my church, but I did not feel satisfied. Later in my high school year, I participated in this program called Internship/Mentorship where I was given the opportunity to explore a career of my interest while also doing community work. I chose Children’s Hospitals and Clinics because I was confident that I wanted to be a pediatrician someday. Throughout my three years volunteering at Children’s, I have discovered that my interests are different than the desire to serve as a member of the medical personnel. With this message in mind, I went around my community, especially the Latino community, and started tutoring adult students. These volunteer experiences have helped me find my definition of helping:  dedicating my time to provide a positive experience for families and children. Currently, I am attending the University of Minnesota:  I am a junior majoring in Individualized Studies with emphases in Child Psychology, Family Social Science and Public Health. Also, I am a peer mentor for Freshmen Latinos. I will be studying abroad in South Africa this upcoming winter break!”

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

 “When I am not volunteering, I enjoy dancing and scrapbooking. I also enjoy spending time with family, watching scary movies, and playing tennis and soccer.”

 3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

 “No.”

 4.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

 “My new candy bar’s name would be KARM. It would be made of milk chocolate, inside would have caramel, and it would be covered with coconut strips.”

 5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

 “It was a Friday, and I was beginning my shift. As usual, I went up to the 8th floor to check in with the nurses and see if they needed a volunteer. As I was walking onto the floor, I heard people speaking in Spanish. I was not sure what was going on, so slowly I walked up to the nurses. As I was walking in, this 6-year old girl looked at me and said, “Do you want to play with me?” I was not expecting this immediate invitation; however I knelt down and happily responded with a “yes.” At first, we were playing Candy Land. As we were playing, she mentioned that she was going home. She was very happy! However, she said she was going to miss the hospital, especially the volunteers! As we were finishing our tenth round of Candy Land, she wanted to take a ride on a wagon. We were getting ready to go for a ride when we noticed filmmakers coming in. I did not know what was going on. From her family, I found out that she was shooting a video about her successful therapy. As they were getting ready to start the video, I was ready to leave, but the little girl stopped me and asked me to stay with her. Other than having cultural connections with this family, I was able to be part of a positive experience that this little girl could encounter during her stay at Children’s Hospital.”

 Thank you so much, Fanny, for helping to create positive experiences for the patients and families here at Children’s!

 

 

Buds in Scrubs: Dee Moore

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Children’s Volunteer Services presents:

Buds in Scrubs!

1.   Meet Dee:

“My name is Chaplain Dee Moore.  I am part of the chaplaincy team at Children’s and work at the St. Paul hospital site.  I have been working here a little over 13 years now and love it. I graduated from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan with an MPH. My first career was a nurse in public health.  I have also been a teaching assistant at Augustana College, worked in migrant health in the cherry orchards of Michigan, been a camp nurse at Interlocken National Music Camp in Michigan, and worked several years as station manager for the Detroit Visiting Nurse Association. I then felt very called into ministry and chaplaincy.  I attended Bethel Seminary in St. Paul and eventually ended up here to work as a chaplain.”

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of work?

    “I love being outdoors and observing nature. Skies, birds, plant life – seeing them feeds my soul.  My new favorite thing to do outside of work is to hold my new granddaughter who was born in January.  The only problem is that she lives in Washington, D.C. I am also very committed to helping in Haiti and hope to continue involvement there. I am very involved in Charis prison ministry as well.”

 3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

“I have two daughters and one son-in-law. All live in Washington, D.C. I love them a lot!”

 4.   What is your favorite book and/or movie?

“Currently, I am hooked on watching Downton Abbey on a weekly basis. Fascinating! I have to say, my favorite book is the Bible.”

 5.   Who was your hero as a kid?

“I can’t remember, but think I could truthfully say… Superman!”

 6.   Who is your hero now?

“It is the staff and volunteers here at Children’s who are so committed, skilled, and caring in their care of the infants, children, and their families!”

 7.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

    “It would have to have chocolate in good amount! Would love to have kiwi in some, and raspberries in others, with sprinkles on top. I would name it  ‘Deelightful.’”

 8.   What do you love most about your job at Children’s?

“The kids! I feel so honored to be able to be with them here! Even when it is a tough situation, I feel it is an honor to be allowed in with the patients and their parents- seems like holy ground to me often.”

 9.   Share a work experience involving volunteers:

 “Volunteers add so much to this place and bring comfort to kids and their families!  From holding babies when parents can’t be here, to playing with kids who need good activities, to Lay Eucharistic  Ministers - all they do makes a difference.  They bring a ton of care and fun that is invaluable.  I currently feel very blessed to have Sasha, one of our therapy dogs, and her owner, Dave, with me at the weekly “Coffee Time with the Chaplain” in the PICU lounge.  Sasha and Dave are amazing in calming parents who are very tired and distressed.  After the coffee time, they then do some visits with me to kids in their rooms as appropriate. The team is always calming to all in the rooms.”

Thank you, Dee, for your incredible support to the staff, volunteers, patients and families!

Red-Vested Rockstar: Harper Skulley

Friday, February 8th, 2013

 

Children’s Volunteer Services presents: Red-Vested Rockstar!

Meet Harper!

1.   Why she ROCKS!!

“My family has been involved with various volunteer work for as long as I can remember.  When I found out that I could volunteer at Children’s when I was fourteen, I was really excited because I didn’t think I’d be able to volunteer at a hospital until I was an adult. I love reading and all kinds of books, so working in the Hide-a-Way Library is an absolutely perfect fit.” Harper has given her time to Children’s since  May of 2011. She has such positive energy, and is always willing to help! She is a joy to work with, and we believe that she brightens the days of the patients and families that she works with!

 2.   Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering?

“I love ballet:  I have been dancing classical ballet for twelve years and regularly perform with Ballet Minnesota. I also enjoy baking and crafts; really, anything artsy.”

 3.   Do you have any kids or pets of your own?

 “My family has two bunnies named Mochi and Truffle.”

 4.   If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it?

“I love French macaroons, so some sort of dark chocolate macaroon bar with a lavender chocolate ganache center. I probably call it a MegaMac Bar.”

 5.   Share a favorite volunteer experience or story:

“I don’t know if I have a favorite volunteer memory, because every time I’m at Children’s is so special and I get so much back. I get to share my love of reading with kids, and seeing kids happily reading a pile of books always brightens my day.”

Thank you, Harper, for all that you do!

Pediatric Grand Rounds: February 2013

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

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 (www.medterms.com).

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:

2525 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis:  video conference shown in Medical Education Room B-870

St. Paul Campus:

255 N. Smith Avenue, St. Paul:  live presentation in the John Nasseff Conference Center

February 2013 Sessions:

2/7: “Epilepsy: More than seizures. What every pediatrician should know”

Presented by Frank Ritter, MD, Pediatric Neurologist, Minnesota Epilepsy Group

2/14: “The evolution of pediatric procedural sedation”

Presented by Patricia Scherrer, MD, Pediatrician- Respiratory/Critical Care, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

2/21: “Morbidity and mortality conference”

Presented by Gigi Chawla, MD, Pediatrician, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

2/28: “Finding the elusive path towards prevention and a care for Type 1 Diabetes: The TrialNet Experience”

Presented by Brandon Nathan, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology, University of Minnesota