Presentation on theme: "THERE COMES A TIME….. The good, the bad, and ugly of dealing with the volunteer who can not function in their assigned service Stacy Scott Berteau Director,"— Presentation transcript:
THERE COMES A TIME….. The good, the bad, and ugly of dealing with the volunteer who can not function in their assigned service Stacy Scott Berteau Director, Volunteer Services Sarasota Memorial Hospital Sarasota, Florida
GETTING THE FACTS Specific facts –“cannot find the way to and from the Lab and Dietary from our department despite 8 weeks of training.” VERSUS Vague statements –“Just not with it.”
ASSESSING THE OUTCOMES What were the outcomes from the behavior? –The patient waited over an hour because the volunteer could not find their way back from the Dietary department.
ASSESSING THE FACTS Are there identifiable reasons for the behavior? –Training –Returning after leave and not reoriented? –Rapidly changing healthcare environment
IMPLEMENTING CHANGES WITH VOLUNTEERS Volunteers are often overlooked or forgotten in dealing with changes Volunteers are not asked for input on changes Changes implemented without sufficent planning
CONSTRUCTIVE CHANGE MANAGEMENT Department meetings to discuss anticipated changes and how the changes relate to the volunteers Educate Staff as to Volunteer Needs
TRAINING Documented Competency Based Identifies Some Potential Problems in the Early Stages
TRAINING AFTER A LEAVE OF ABSENCE How long has the volunteer been away from their duties? What changes have transpired with the unit and the hospital? How do we make “re-entry” a positive experience?
TOOLS FOR VOLUNTEERS TO ASSESS THE PROBLEMS Observation: “Service Buddies” Service Assessment tool Talk with staff liaison Follow-up calls by staff Talk with the volunteer –Lunch or casual environment –“How are things going?” Service meeting
ADDRESSING THE CONCERNS Maintaining dignity while preserving strong service to the organization Where, who, and how the problem can be successfully addressed Dealing with the specific Job Duties, not the individual Reinforcing the work and contributions of the individual