Why I want to volunteer at hospital
Hospitals provide a very important service to any community. They help our friends, relatives, neighbors and ourselves regain our health. However, in most cases these facilities have huge challenges that impede them from executing their duties perfectly. Understaffing and underfinancing have been a thorn in the flesh for the management of these facilities. At times, I have been asking myself how I can help. Personally, I do not wish to be a medical professional but I have passion to help other people especially those hailing from different diseases. I therefore think am best suited to serve as a volunteer in these facilities. Since hospitals are underfunded, they trade off some important activities within its management to efficiently allocate their resources to the most critical functions. However, these overlooked functions play a critical role in provision of excellent service to patients and the community at large. My decision to help in a hospital is not solely a community service endeavor, but partly to gain practical experience in my professional field. Am not a health professional but a hospital would be a perfect place to serve as an information scientist seeking to restructure their antique record keeping practices and aligning them with the strategic goals of the facility.
My volunteer service would be best in the records keeping department. This way, I get to avoid encountering patients and professional medical practitioners in the wards and theatre rooms which I hate. I will also be offering my help in the critical department of record keeping which requires short apprenticeship to master. This department is also overlooked in funding thus it reduces the efficiency of record keeping and access. This department can at times be critical to profiling a patient and help doctors narrow on the most effective treatment upon scanning through his/her medical records. Thus, this is a very important department and often the records are poorly stored or indexed for access due to poor staffing and low budgets. A mistake in this department relatively wouldn’t be life threatening as opposed to being a direct involvement of handling the patients. However, I will help the professionals and patients store and fetch their medical records more efficiently to aid their treatment.
Secondly, the records keeping department can help me come up with a flexible schedule of visit that can be integrated in my daily schedule effortlessly. Since this department is a supportive branch of the hospital, the management agreed to very flexible working hours that are in line with my daily schedule. I visit the hospital when I do not have classes to dust the shelves and help rearrange the files more efficiently for easier access. Recently, the hospital agreed to my project to develop an application that can help manage the records digitally and help deploy and train the people in that department. Therefore, I continually collect data that is crucial to ensuring a robust system that is consistent to medical storage and access regulation to help migrate the hospital record department to the 21st century. I also get to apply the skill I learnt in class on software development and digital migration.
My main aim in this hospital is to leave an indelible positive mark whilst am a student. Upon completion of my project, I will have given back to the society while helping streamline operations of one of our most important facility in the community. if my vision for the record keeping department materializes then I would have contributed to my community in the best way I can. Though a hospital is not the best candidate to stretch my professional muscle, it is a perfect place to give a hand and help my community.