Steps to Becoming a Volunteer
The steps you must complete to become a Volunteer are:
- Complete Application
- Accepted Applicants: Interview with the Volunteer Department
Applicants must be willing to conduct an interview with Volunteer Resources staff.
- Accepted Interviews: Attend the next 4-hour Volunteer / Patient Care Orientation
- Post-Orientation: Competency Test Completion
Applicants must complete all necessary hospital competency tests proving adherence to hospital safety policies and procedures. Competency tests address the following:
- Working/interacting with hospitalized patients
- Adherence to confidentiality policy
- Fire safety
- Health Clearance Examination Through CHLA Employee Health Services Department
A health clearance is necessary before a volunteer can begin working with patients.
Items generally required for clearance:
- Full immunization records
- 2 negative TB tests from within the past year. This may mean up to four visits to the Employee Health Services Department or in skin test-positive individuals, a written report of chest X-ray results taken within the previous year
- Drug and alcohol screening
- Please note: During flu season it is mandatory to either take the flu shot or formally decline it to CHLA Employee Health Services Department.
- Background Clearance Through Volunteer Resources
- Receive a Start Date
Receive CHLA volunteer ID, parking permit and purchase a volunteer uniform (CHLA apron) to begin volunteering. You will need to purchase and wear a uniform at a personal cost of $30. You will also be required to adhere to specific policies regarding volunteer work attire.
This might seem like a lot, but we’re sure you can understand, CHLA takes our patient safety very seriously. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us by email. All initial onboarding goes through Volunteer Resources.