I've just been offered two placements to choose from for being a King's College Hospital Volunteer. I have the time to do either, but I have to choose one and I can't decide which one would give me the best experience. I'm writing here to see what other people's ides on it are so that I can form my own views. The placements are:
1) Volunteering at the haematology department at the Elf & Libra ward
The duties are pretty much the same as placement 2, except there is more I can do to support members of the ward team e.g. I can also help to ensure patients are eating and drinking, and provide relaxation activities, ensuring that noise is kept to a minimum on the wards to aid sleep/anxiety, and there are more administration duties.
2) Volunteering at the renal department at the fisk ward
Similar to placement 1, but I can additionally purchase items for patients, and administration duties aren't on a regular basis, and is done only under supervision
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- Thread Starter
Last edited by KitKat05; 23-01-2014 at 17:45.
- 23-01-2014 17:42
- 26-01-2014 19:34
First placement, in my opinion, is better because it has more responsibilities since you have mentioned that second one, some part would be under supervision.
- 26-01-2014 19:37
I would go for renal for a few reasons. Patients on replacement therapy are usually bored out of their minds and would probably appreciate the company. Secondly, a fair amount of patients on the haem ward will probably be barrier nursed and you may not have much access to them.
Besides that, there probably isn't much between them.
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- 26-01-2014 19:41
Haematology. Cause on the whole, renal patients (bar those present for dialysis) tend to be much sicker so I think perhaps a bit harder to get to know and talk to. Also it'll be nicer for you to be unsupervised.
Props on the volunteering, by the way, I think you'll get something out of either of them for sure
EDIT: If it's a dialysis ward then definitely go for renal.Last edited by seaholme; 26-01-2014 at 19:43.