Thursday, August 20, 2009

Amazing...Nicole Vance

Unfortunately, there’s probably not one person who hasn’t been to a hospital for one reason or another. Whether you were there to take care of your own medical concerns or visit a loved one, the experience can be downright scary and overwhelming.

With the best medical technology available to us today, we are fortunate to have trained professionals to help us through the process. However, with growing budget cuts, even the doctors and nurses rely on the many hardworking volunteers to help pick up the slack. Volunteers in the hospital do any number of jobs, from escorting visitors to the proper area to delivering food trays.

Nicole Vance knows the world of hospital volunteerism. In fact, she has chalked up over 350 hours doing such jobs as working in the Gift Shoppe/Candy Cart and helping out in the hustle and bustle of the ER.

Nicole said, “I just love helping people. . . . Never think you are too old or too young to do service! If you don’t think you have enough time to volunteer, in reality, you do. Volunteering is one of the best ways to spend your time!”

Hospital stays can be bleak at best. Volunteers take on many tasks that the nurses and doctors simply don’t have the time to do. Nicole tells us, “One time in the ER there was an elderly couple looking very bored sitting in their room. I poked my head in and asked if there was anything I could do for them. They said they wished they had a television or something else to pass the time. I asked if they wanted me to sing and dance for them, and to my surprise they agreed! I quickly pulled something together, it was very embarrassing. They laughed and laughed. I then had to leave to grab a patient some lunch from the cafeteria. For the next few hours I would randomly do a crazy dance move every time I passed by the door to their room. At the end of the visit, they told me they loved my crazy dance moves, and they made time pass more quickly. That made all the difference.”

Hospitals may never be on anyone’s list of “places they’d most like to spend their time,” but with caring volunteers like Nicole, your hospital visit may just turn out to be a bit more pleasant.

Way to go, Nicole!

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