Hospice is a specialized branch of palliative care for the chronically ill that aims to aid the terminally sick in their final weeks and months. A hospice volunteer coordinator is a person who helps to recruit, direct, supervise, and evaluate the work of volunteers who assist paid and professional health and social service professionals in this delicate and specialized care program. He or she helps to ensure that both medical personnel and families receive the support from volunteers they require to cope with what are typically difficult circumstances.
As a recruiter, the hospice volunteer coordinator will typically work to publicize the needs of his or her field to charitable organizations and religious groups who often supply such volunteers. In this capacity, it is important for the coordinator to stress the value and beneficial aspects of this work to sufferers and families alike. It can be a difficult area to attract volunteers, and this will often be a key area for the coordinator to work creatively and aggressively to bring in persons who are able and ready for this work.
Most of the time, a hospice volunteer coordinator will be a person either with nursing or social work experience. He or she will typically have a bachelor's degree in a related discipline, as well as extensive experience in family and patient needs in hospice. Normally the coordinator works regular business hours in the week with some extended work happening as necessary. Most of the time the coordinator splits his or her time between an office and field work.
Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Tasks
Maintain departmental day-to-day hospice activities, monitor and prioritize volunteer staff workflow and schedules.
Supervise hospice volunteer staff and give direction.
Assist in recruiting, training and reviewing performance of volunteer staff.
Perform searches for volunteers using computer databases, networking, and internet recruiting resources.