San Diego Hospital Volunteer Opportunities | Fresh Start

Surgery Weekend Volunteer

Surgery Weekends volunteer opportunities for kids are 6-7 times per year at The Fresh Start Clinic at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. The San Diego hospital volunteer usually last 4-5 hours and include food and great company. If you are interested in volunteering at a Surgery Weekend, fill out the Application Form and then wait for an e-mail with next-step instructions as a nonprofit volunteer for children!

Anesthesiologist


Volunteer Anesthesiologists must be licensed and credentialed to practice in California, must be Board Certified or eligible, must possess and provide proof of current California licensure, DEA, and proof of malpractice insurance, must possess and provide proof of valid BCLS and ACLS certifications, and must be a currently practicing anesthesiologist at a JCAHO accredited facility with experience in treating children and young adults. Click here to fill out our volunteer application form.

Anesthesia Technologist


Anesthesia Technologists must be trained and currently practicing in a JCAHO accredited facility. Click here to fill out our volunteer application form.

Chart Monitor


Chart Monitors are stationed in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and help prepare patient charts for post-surgery appointments. Training will be provided and no experience is necessary. Fill out our volunteer application form.

Children’s Activities


Play with patients and their siblings while they wait for an appointment. Supplies are provided and some Spanish is helpful but not necessary. Fill out our non-medical volunteer application form.


Circulators must provide proof of current licensure to practice in California as a registered nurse, must posses and provide proof of valid BCLS and ACLS certifications, and must have prior experience as a circulator. Fill out our volunteer application form.

Interpreter


Volunteer Interpreters facilitate communication between patients and caregivers. Bilingual in Spanish and English is preferred, but other language specialties are encouraged to contact Fresh Start for placement. Fill out our non-medical volunteer application form.

Laser Treatment Practitioner


Because of the variety of cases we treat, we use both Syneron Lasers and V-Beam lasers during Surgery Weekends. Volunteers must provide proof of current licensure to practice in California as a registered nurse or physician’s assistant and must have training and experience in laser treatments. Fill out our volunteer application form.

Laser Treatment Prep Support


Laser Treatment Prep volunteers help prepare patients for laser treatment appointments by shaving treatment areas (usually around the ear) and applying a numbing cream. Training will be provided and no experience necessary. Fill out our medical volunteer application form.

Overnight Caregiver


Overnight Caregivers provide one-on-one care and instruction of patients during the evening after their surgery. Volunteers must possess valid CPR certifications and must be an RN, CMA or MA with experience with post-surgery needs. Volunteers receive a stay in their own room at the hotel. Fill out our medical volunteer application form.

Patient Reception


Patient Receptionists help check-in patients for appointments during Surgery Weekends. Volunteers must possess some knowledge of Spanish. Fill out our non-medical volunteer application form.

Post Anesthesia Care Unit RN


PACU RNs must provide proof of current licensure to practice in California as a registered nurse and must possess valid BCLS and ACLS certifications. PACU, ICU, ER, or PICU experience is helpful. Fill out our medical volunteer application form.

Post-Op


Post-OP providers can be RNs, LVNs or MAs with experience in post-op dressing changes. Volunteers must provide proof of current licensure to practice in California and must possess valid BCLS certification. Fill out our medical volunteer application form.

Pre-Op RN


Pre-OP RNs must provide proof of current licensure to practice in California as a registered nurse, Pre-Op experience preferred, and volunteers must possess valid BCLS certification. Fill out our medical volunteer application form.

Scrub RN/Surgical Technologist


Scrub RNs must provide proof of current licensure to practice in California as a registered nurse, must have experience as a scrub RN, must provide proof of training and have experience scrubbing, and must possess valid CPR and BCLS certifications. Fill out our medical volunteer application form.

Speech and Language Pathologist


Volunteer Speech and Language Pathologists help patients with oral/maxillo-facial deformities communicate more effectively. Volunteers must possess valid California licensure to practice as a Speech and Language Pathologist. Bilingual in Spanish/English is helpful but not necessary. Fill out our non-medical volunteer application.

Sterile Processing Department (SPD)


Sterile Processing Department Volunteers facilitate the success of the day by quickly and efficiently turning over rooms between surgeries. Volunteers will be performing tasks such as wiping down OR beds, taking out trash, mopping the OR floors, and etc. SPD or back office experience is helpful but not necessary. Fill out our non-medical volunteer application.

Surgeon/Physician


Volunteer Physicians must be licensed and credentialed to practice in California, must be a Board Certified or eligible, must posses and provide proof of current California licensure, DEA certificate, and malpractice insurance, must posses and provide proof of valid BCLS and ACLS certifications, and must be a currently practicing physician and/or surgeon at a JCAHO accredited facility with experience in treating children and young adults. Fill out our medical volunteer application form.

Transportation


Transportation Volunteers drive patient in the Fresh Start van to and from Surgery Weekend appointments. Volunteers must possess a valid California driver’s license and proof of insurance and must pass a DMV record check. CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER

Volunteer Host


Help make the weekend flow smoothly: check-in volunteers and serve meals to volunteers, patients and families. Training will be provided and no experience is necessary. CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER

Wrap-Up Hero


Help wrap-up Surgery Weekends by packing medical and non-medical supplies into the van at the Surgery Center and help unload back at the Fresh Start Office. CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER

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