FAQs about volunteering for Salem Health
How do I start?
The first step is to apply
online and sign up for an interview/info session. You’ll
learn all about our program to see if we’re a good match for you.
Why attend an info session?
So you can learn more about our
program before making a volunteer commitment.
Why is there a background
Our goal is to provide the best
experience for our patients. One way we do this is to screen those that have
potential contact with our patients, visitors and staff through a background
Can I get a job after volunteering?
Although we do have some volunteers
who have gained employment after they have volunteered, it is not guaranteed.
If you are looking for a job, apply
for a job.
I am afraid to interview. Why
is there an interview?
An interview is our opportunity to
see if you are a good match to serve. We use this time with you to learn about
your interests, ask screening questions and discuss possible placement options.
Can I volunteer more than one day a
Yes, but only after you know that
serving one day a week suits your lifestyle.
Can I hold babies?
You have to be a volunteer in good
standing for a minimum of one year to qualify.
How can I have a hands-on
experience to help me with my health care degree?
Volunteers do not provide hands-on
medical experience with patients and are not permitted to perform any clinical
duties — including blood pressure checks, temperature reads, etc.
Interested in job shadowing? If you are interested in job shadowing for a
health care career, check out our Career Exploration Program. Job
shadowing is a three-hour experience with a health care professional. This is
NOT a hands-on experience.