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Giving and Volunteering

Opportunities at University of Minnesota Medical Center

At University of Minnesota Medical Center East and West Bank campuses, volunteers work primarily with adult patients and their family members. While you may have occasional interaction with the care team, you are not likely to have frequent interaction with doctors, nurses or other clinical staff. 

We have many different volunteer roles throughout the Medical Center, most of which focus on small, non-clinical things we can do to make someone’s visit less stressful and a little bit easier.

The list below reflects all areas where volunteers may be placed. Please note that there might not be openings in your preferred area at the time that you apply.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (West Bank campus)
Provide a welcoming and supportive atmosphere for outpatients who are coming to University of Minnesota Medical Center for electro convulsive therapy. Visit with patients and assist staff with clerical duties. (Must be 21 or older.)

Emergency Department (ED) (East Bank campus)
Support ED staff by helping patients being seen in the ED; run errands, help with equipment, etc. 

Guest Services (East and West Bank campuses)
Be the first person guests encounter as they enter the hospital. Create a welcoming environment. Assist guests and Information Desk staff with room numbers, ID badges, etc. Answer questions and assist guests to their destinations.

Inpatient Pharmacy (West Bank campus)
Assist staff by answering phones, tubing drugs to locations in hospital and answering requests at front window.

Integrative Therapies (East Bank and West Bank)      

Interact with patients and families while doing Healing Touch, Reiki, massage therapy, etc. You must be licensed/certified in these therapies.

‘M’ Technique (Hand Massage) (East and West Bank campuses)
Visit with patients and offer a relaxation technique for hands. It is similar to a hand massage. Training provided.

Nursing Unit (East and West Bank campuses)
Assist nursing staff on busy patient unit. Work with patients and nursing staff. 

Occupational Therapy (East Bank campus)
Observe therapies and assist at treatment sessions. 

Oncology Clinic (Clinic and Surgery Center)
Greet and direct patients entering the Masonic Cancer Center. Interact with patients and family members as they wait for their appointment or ride.

Pet Visitation (East and West Bank campuses)
Provide pet visits to patients. Pets must be certified therapy animals.

Physical Therapy (East Bank campus)
Assist physical therapists as they work with patients. 

Resource Center and Library (East Bank campus)
Help run the patient library in the hospital. It’s a great place to interact with patients and visitors and make sure they have access to DVDs, games, books, computers, coffee, etc.

Retail Pharmacy (West Bank campus)
Assist pharmacy staff by delivering discharge medications throughout the hospital.

Sterile Processing & Distribution (SPD) (West Bank campus)
Assist staff with equipment requests and deliveries. 

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