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Adult Volunteer Opportunities at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus

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Inova Fairfax Medical Campus offers many opportunities for volunteer service. To help you find the activity that suits you best, we have categorized a sample of the services according to the way current volunteers describe their primary appeal. Many services overlap, however. For example, gift shop volunteers interact most often with visitors, but also have some contact with patients. Please note that not all areas are available at any given time. In addition, all services require additional training beyond entry-level instruction.


Patient contact

Volunteers in these service areas interact to varying degrees with patients as well as with staff.

  • Ambulatory Surgery Center
    Help monitor outpatients recovering from surgery, provide for their needs and assist them on discharge
  • Patient relations
    Visit new patients to personalize hospital and introduce them to services of patient representatives
  • Patient support services
    Transport patients to procedures, assist in discharge, deliver flowers, charts, patient mail and laboratory items
  • Gastroenterology Department
    Help monitor and support patients recovering from GE procedures
  • Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP)
    Directly work with older patients – activities may include talking, helping with meals, and walking / mobility assistance
  • Pediatrics
    Assist Child Life staff by providing non-medical support to pediatric patients and their families, including bedside recreational activities and comfort
  • Animal-assisted care
    Improve patients’ function and well-being through physician-ordered interactions with trained, registered pet/human teams
  • Clinical Support
    Add a dimension of care, comfort and support for patients on specific units at the direction of staff
  • Family centered care
    Assist nursing staff in newborn nursery to bathe, feed, diaper and hold infants; transport infants to and from mothers' rooms


Hospital staff or public contact

Volunteers interact primarily with patients, families and other hospital visitors, giving information and support and serving as liaison with staff.

  • Surgical waiting desk
    Provide updates and other information to families and friends of patients undergoing outpatient surgery
  • Gift shops
    Assist visitors with selections and purchases in four onsite stores; help shop staff with other retail functions
  • Medical Library
    Shelve or copy materials, locate information, help visitors with Web searches, etc.
  • Clerical
    Support the smooth and efficient operation of the assigned department, assisting staff with routine clerical activities
  • Cardiovascular pre-operative support
    Provide pre-operative support to those awaiting heart surgery and help relieve anxiety of waiting families

Offsite services

These volunteer opportunities are part of hospital operations, but are not housed on the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus.

  • Treasure Trove shops
    Assist customers with selections, receive and process donations and consignments, handle sales, create displays, perform other typical retail tasks

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