Frequently Asked Questions
What volunteer opportunities are available though Volunteer Services?
Volunteer Services offers a wide variety of opportunities throughout the hospital. Potential volunteers are given the chance to contribute in just about any department within the organization, with exception of a few sensitive areas. Prospective volunteers may request to be placed in clinical, retail, administrative, and public areas, among others.
Does Georgia Regents Health System offer volunteer opportunities for groups or organizations?
Yes. Though Volunteer Services coordinates primarily individual contributions, groups and organizations are encouraged to explore volunteer opportunities by contacting the Child Life department at 706-721-7637.
If I become a volunteer at Georgia Regents Health System, will I be permitted to “float” to various departments in the hospital?
No. Once a volunteer has been placed in a particular department, he/she is expected to remain in that area for at least six months before being transferred to another department.
Does Volunteer Services require tuberculosis screening as part of its application process?
Yes. TB screenings are conducted through the Employee Health department, free of charge to the applicant. Two TB screenings are required as part of the application process; however, one screening conducted outside of Employee Health can be used to satisfy half of the requirement, given that it was administered within the past year. Nevertheless, at least one TB screening will have to be conducted through Employee Health, in order to fully satisfy this requirement. After an applicant has attended a volunteer orientation and interview, he/she will be contacted by the Employee Health department to schedule a screening appointment.
Am I guaranteed a volunteer position in the department or setting requested on my application?
Though Volunteer Services has a high rate of placing applications in desired settings and work really hard to do so, fulfillment of requests for particular departments cannot be guaranteed. Volunteer Services works in conjunction with department managers and are only allowed to place potential volunteers in a particular department if there is a need and if the department manager agrees.
What commitment does Volunteer Services require of its volunteers?
Volunteers are expected to contribute a minimum of three hours per week for at least six months. Of course, they are permitted to contribute beyond the minimum requirement, but contributions may not exceed 39 hours per week.
Does Volunteer Services provide opportunities for interns?
Yes. However, only those prospective interns seeking non-clinical and non-paid positions are processed through Volunteer Services. Otherwise, intern applicants should contact either the Human Resources Department or the Legal Department.
Does Volunteer Services provide the opportunity to “shadow” physicians?
No. Prospective volunteers seeking the opportunity to shadow a physician should refer to the campus side of the Georgia Regents Medical Center. Observationships go through the Risk Management department.
If I volunteer through Volunteer Services, does that mean that I’m being considered for employment at Georgia Regents Health System?
No. Though there have been cases in which particular volunteers were so effective that the department managers granted them employment, Volunteer Services is not intended to be an avenue for gaining employment. Volunteers’ primary motivation is expected to be the desire to give back to the community and to make a difference in the lives of others. For all employment opportunities at Georgia Regents Health System, please refer to the Human Resources department.