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Helen Devos Children's Hospital

Child life specialist volunteer

September 2020 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I like how flexible the child life team can be towards their volunteers! I also love being able to see different kids each week and getting to hang out to do fun activities with them.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have done this sooner.

Advice

Ask questions! The nurses are very helpful and they are given more information about the kids so they can help you find the right activities to bring to them.
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Inpatient Volunteer

June 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

Interacting with patients in the playroom and their rooms is so much fun. Seeing kids get excited to play a game or do crafts and get their mind off being in the hospital is incredible.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

It’s very moving experience being on the opposite end in a hospital. But also very fun way to get out and do something different, get your mind off other things! Kids are so much fun, and Child Life Staff is incredible guidance.
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Nursing Technician

May 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I love working with the babies (I work in the neonatal ICU), the nursing staff, NNPs, and physicians are very friendly and more than willing to teach you things along the way and explain things.

What I wish was different

Advice

Nights are difficult while in school. If you're in school, it's ideal to find a unit that has self-scheduling, but it isn't impossible to have a core schedule.
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