The Nightingale Volunteer Program at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano is seeking retired or inactive RNs to join this rewarding program that allows former nurses to use their professional expertise by providing compassionate care to patients and their families. The program creates an environment for retired or inactive RNs to share and learn from Baylor Plano employees.
Requirements to participate in the Nightingale Volunteer Program include:
- RN licensure: active, inactive or retired.
- Five years of hospital, health clinic or medical office experience.
- Ability to interact professionally in an effective and efficient manner with patients, families and staff
- Ability to obtain vital signs, effectively and safely ambulate patients, and meet personal needs of patients.
- Minimum four-hour shift once a week, times are flexible.
The goals of the Nightingale program are:
- To assist the Baylor Plano staff in providing support to patient care, therefore enhancing the level of excellence in care.
- To utilize the volunteer RNs professional knowledge and skills by providing and assisting designated needs to patients and families.
- To establish an interactive communication between the patients, families, staff, and the Nightingale Volunteer; therefore, maintaining both continuity and standard of care.
- To enhance an interpersonal relationship between staff and the Nightingale Volunteer; therefore, both the staff and the Nightingale Volunteer continue to enrich their own individualized personal life satisfaction.
Nightingales assist in the following ways:
- Assist with daily hygiene measures and personal care needs of the patient.
- Assist with daily activities including ambulation, providing patient snacks, providing patient meal trays, and picking up finished patient meal trays.
- Assist with completing menus and feeding patients.
- Under direction of staff RN, assist with patient understanding of care.
- Under the direction of the staff RN, assist with appropriate patient care tasks and assist with maintaining a clean and neat patient room environment.
- Make “rounds” on patients evaluating needs, aiding with comfort measures, and being the liaison between the patient and staff.
- Communicate with other health care team members therefore ensuring optimal timely care for the patient and needs of the family.
- Make follow-up phone calls to discharged patients.
- Assist with the daily needs of the work area including answering call lights, running errands, copying charts/NH transfers, making coffee, and assisting with the transport of patients.
- Participate in orientation process of new employees.
Nightingale volunteers do not perform any tasks that require RN licensure.
Nightingales are needed in inpatient and outpatient areas of Baylor Plano 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To learn more about participating in the Nightingale Volunteer Program, please call 469.814.4419 or visit www.BaylorHealth.com/PlanoVolunteer.
Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano is a 112-bed acute care hospital committed to serving North Texas residents with personalized care and advanced technology on a beautiful campus with hotel-like amenities and all private rooms. Services at the not-for-profit, fully-accredited facility include treatment for advanced spine deformities at the Baylor Scoliosis Center, neurosciences, orthopedics, medical and radiation oncology, surgical weight loss, women’s services, gynecology, urology, gastroenterology, pulmonary medicine, sleep disorders, pain management, diabetes management and more. Patients have access to digital imaging onsite at Baylor Plano and at the Baylor Diagnostic Imaging Center at Craig Ranch, an outpatient department of Baylor Plano. The hospital is the first in North Dallas and Collin County to offer minimally invasive robotic surgery for procedures through the FDA-approved da Vinci® S Surgical System. Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano ranks fourth on U.S. News & World Report's 2011 Best Hospitals metro area ranking for the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Baylor Plano is also a 2010 recipient of the Texas Award for Performance Excellence and houses an Accredited Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commissions on Cancer. Baylor Plano is the only hospital in Collin County and one of six in Texas to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Jerri Garison is president of Baylor Plano. For more information, or a physician referral, call toll free 1-800-4-BAYLOR or log onto www.BaylorHealth.com/Plano.
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As the largest not-for-profit health system in the state of Texas, Baylor Scott & White promotes the health and well-being of every individual, family and community it serves. It is committed to making quality care more accessible, convenient and affordable through its integrated delivery network, which includes the Baylor Scott & White Health Plan, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, the Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance and its leading digital health platform – MyBSWHealth. Through 51 hospitals and more than 1,100 access points, including flagship academic medical centers in Dallas, Fort Worth and Temple, the system offers the full continuum of care, from primary to award-winning specialty care. Founded as a Christian ministry of healing more than a century ago, Baylor Scott & White today serves more than three million Texans. For more information, visit: BSWHealth.com