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Volunteer Opportunities for Nursing Students

A number of not for profit health care services operate in the Dane County area with many offering opportunities for student volunteer experience. Additional information can be found by clicking on each of the following links.

Easter Seals Wisconsin Camps
Contacts: Kelsey Brahmstadt, RN respitenurse@eastersealswisconsin.com 608-254-2502 or the volunteer coordinator, volunteer@eastersealswisconsin.com

Easter Seals Wisconsin Camps has two camp programs located on 400 acres in Wisconsin Dells:

  • Camp Wawbeek serves people ages 7 and up with physical disabilities, cognitive delays, and campers on the autism spectrum. Campers who attend Camp Wawbeek must be able to function in a small group with a ratio of one counselor to two-three campers. Counselors work with two to three campers or with another counselor and three to five campers.
  • Respite Camp serves people ages 3 and up with more involved needs that have diagnoses of autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and behavior issues. Each camper has one counselor paired with them throughout the session.

Several positions are available to nursing students. Students can choose to work directly with the nursing staff or as counselors. Sessions run Friday through Sunday and individuals receive 50 hours of community service for attending a camp sessions. The first time volunteering at camp, individuals are asked to arrive at 3pm to do a training and orientation to the program. If they chose to return to camp either to volunteer or to be a part of our paid staff, individuals are asked to arrive and be ready by 5pm.

Applications can be found on the Easter Seals’ website at http://camp.eastersealswisconsin.com. Those applying need to complete an application, have two references, participate in a brief interview, and will need a background check prior to coming to camp. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Easter Seals Wisconsin Camps (contact information above) with any questions or concerns. Spaces are limited so individuals are encouraged to apply early. Positions are available throughout the school year as well as during the summer.

Home Health United
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, volunteers@hhuvns.org, 800-924-2276

Serves the Madison area with in-home health care, hospice, durable medical goods and community health and wellness programs.

  • Hospice Volunteering - Hospice volunteers are being recruited in several WI counties including, Dane. As a member of the HHU – Hospice team, our volunteers are part of an integrated and specialized support system that provides meaningful end-of-life care. Volunteers can choose to work directly or indirectly with patients and their families. Volunteering times are flexible. Free, comprehensive training is provided.
  • S.A.F.E. at Home - S.A.F.E. at Home is a falls prevention program. It provides a free, in-home assessment to residents in Dane County aged 65 and older. The mission of S.A.F.E at Home is to reduce falls and help individuals stay safe and independent in their homes. Volunteers are trained to conduct assessments. Volunteering times are very flexible. Assessments can be done on nights and weekends.
  • Meals On Wheels - Meals On Wheels is a community-based, volunteer driven noontime meal service that provides daily safety checks to homebound seniors and disabled in Madison, Middleton, Monona and Sun Prairie. We are looking for volunteers to deliver meals. Home Health United serves meals 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are very flexible with scheduling. Volunteers choose which days and times work best for them. All volunteers are required to go through a short training session prior to taking routes.

MEDiC
SoN Student Contact: Megann Mussatti, mmussatti@wisc.edu (2013-14)

Student run program through the UW School of Medicine & Public Health, with seven clinics throughout Madison. MEDiC can only use student volunteers from the following disciplines: Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Nurse Practitioner.

  • Volunteers must attend an orientation session before volunteering. MEDiC holds two volunteer sessions each year: the first at the beginning of the summer, in June, and the second at the beginning of the academic year, in September. Students will be notified via StudentNet a few weeks before each orientation.

Our Lady of Hope Clinic
Contact: 608-819-8544

Our Lady of Hope Clinic’s mission is to provide free primary care to uninsured members of the community. It is supported through its concierge model of care, offering its members 24/7 direct access to a personal physician. Clinic requests a long term commitment, not just for a semester or summer. Anyone is welcome to apply for a volunteer position. There are periodic open house events to learn about volunteer opportunities.

  • Volunteers must make a one year commitment at 4 hours every other week.
  • Clinic staff teaches them everything they need to know including vitals, EHR utilization, patient interview skills, secretarial work, and the minor tests performed at clinic – blood glucose, strep, UA, etc.

ARC Community Services
Contact: 608-278-2300

ARC Community Services is a private, not-for-profit, agency providing innovative, women responsive, strengths-based, family focused, community-based wraparound services since 1976, to women and their children/families.

  • ARC “welcomes” nursing students as volunteers, with a focus on offering presentations on health topics including prenatal care and child development, substance abuse treatment programs, and issues related to addiction.
  • Note: MEDiC provides services to ARC House

Allied Wellness Center
Contact: 608-274-7006 or alliedwellnesscenter@gmail.com

The Allied Wellness Center is a neighborhood center with the purpose of promoting health and wellness of the mind, body and spirit of people living in the Allied, Belmar, Dunn’s Marsh neighborhoods. Numerous types of volunteer opportunities are offered.

Oakwood Lutheran Senior Ministries
Contact: Kim Viney, kim.viney@oakwoodvillage.net 608-230-4238

In addition to owning and managing two retirement communities, Oakwood provides services to older adults through the Madison Area Continuing Care Consortium and Supporting Active Independent Lives (SAIL). There is a variety of opportunities to match with a student’s interests and availability.

  • A minimum three-month commitment is needed to volunteer at Oakwood Village.

Oak Park Place
Contact: Apply on-line or contact the lifestyle enrichment director:

In addition to owning and managing two retirement communities, Oakwood provides services to older adults through the Madison Area Continuing Care Consortium and Supporting Active Independent Lives (SAIL). There is a variety of opportunities to match with a student’s interests and availability.


 
 

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