I did the 1 hour assignment entitled "Outline for Healing Words Orientation".
I called a total of 20 seniors who are clients of meals on wheels. I frequently volunteer with meals on wheels delivering hot meals to the home bound seniors. Being able to call all of these clients was a very humbling experience and I enjoyed it very much. I talked to some of the sweetest people ive ever talked to. They were very thankful that I called them to make sure they were okya, which made me smile.
Today was a really busy day at UAB hospital. I saw a lot of new faces from last week. I only read to one elderly patient today. He expressed to me that when he was younger, he loved to read to his grandchildren. I felt really good to keep him company for about an hour. Outside of reading, I talked with him, he told me great stories, and he showed me pictures of his grandchildren who were very grown now. He was a great person and he had a wonderful spirit.
Today I mingled with guests in the waiting room on the 8th floor. I helped get them water, had conversation, and directed them to different parts of the hospital.
Today was sort of a slow day at UAB hospital, which I guess would be a good thing. I only talked with 3 patients. While I was within those patients, we simply talked, and one patient shared outrageous stories. I did not read to anyone because they would rather talk to be than for me to read to them. The families of these patients were extremely sweet and friendly. Overall it was a great day.
I mingled with the patient families in the waiting room.This week was a bit frustrating for me because the unit I am assigned to didn’t have much of a need for me being there. They had their own volunteers, so I had to kind of find a place to fit in. The thing I liked most about this experience is that I got to experience more than I thought since I was moved to a different unit. The most challenging thing was familiarizing myself with the new unit after I had already gotten use to palliative care. My biggest take away is to learn how to have patience.
This was my first week volunteering with Healing Words at UAB. It was interesting learning my placement and getting use to getting to the actual unit that I was on. When I got there I was greeted with smiles. My favorite part about this week was talking to the nurse manager and learning about the rules of the unit. The most challenging part was getting use to walking into the patient’s rooms and starting a conversation. Since I have a nursing background, I am used to going in and talking to patients about their health. Since I am on palliative care, I didn’t really know what to talk about. My takeaway was to have patience.
This week was the orientation for healing words at UAB hospital. I learned about the rules of the hospital, the dress code for my volunteer assignment, and even got to tour the hospital. Touring allowed me to become a little more comfortable with walking to my unit assignment. I liked the fact that we were prepared before we actually being volunteering. The most challenging thing was during the tour of the hospital. UAB is such a large hospital and I was walking far distances and getting lost most of the time. My biggest takeaway from this experience was becoming more comfortable.