Junior Volunteer Program

Valley View Hospital is community owned and operated and exists to serve the health needs of the citizens of Glenwood Springs and the surrounding areas. It is our ultimate objective to promote wellness through the teamwork of qualified physicians and other health professionals.

As a Junior Volunteer,you are an important part of this team. Your contribution is appreciated and you are helping to provide a high standard of service to our patients.

Click here to view and/or print a Junior Volunteer Application

Program Objectives:

  1. To provide an opportunity for young adults to learn the satisfaction of constructive service to the community and to develop a sense of civic responsibility.
  2. To develop an understanding of health care and the resources available.
  3. To provide an opportunity for vocationally interested young people to observe health careers in practice.
  4. To help young adults to achieve emotional maturity by learning to consider others. They learn through experience that the patient is the most important person in the hospital. The comfort and well-being of the patient must be the volunteer's first consideration.

Qualifications - A Junior Volunteer must be:

  • Punctual and dependable
  • Responsible for appearance, behavior,duties
  • Willing to accept supervision
  • Able to respect confidentiality of patients
"What you see here, What you hear here, What you say here,
Let it stay here, When you leave here."


All Junior Volunteers must attend an orientation session before being accepted for assignment. Each volunteer must have a signed application by parent or guardian on file prior to the training session.

Junior Volunteers sign in at the second floor Nurses Station desk and sign out again when going off duty. If you cannot work, you are to arrange for your own substitute. Remember, we are depending on you to be here. If you cannot obtain a substitute, call the adult coordinator and the Nursing Station where you are assigned. Unexcused absences are sufficient cause for dismissal.

We do not want you to work if you are ill or or if you have a cold, sore throat or any transmissible illness, please notify us by phone if this is the case.

Dress Code:

All female Junior Volunteers wear red and white aprons and hospital identification badges while on duty. Boys wear white shirts with an ID badge. Girls with long hair should wear it tied or braided. Please do not wear dangling earrings or long necklaces, as such items can catch on things. We want you to be proud of what you are doing and the way you look.

Work Schedule:

You may work any shift during the week. A 15-minute break is permissible in the middle of each shift. Report to your contact person when you take the break.

Summer hours:

  • 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. daily
  • 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily
  • 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily
Only one volunteer will be scheduled per shift per department.


Patient areas

When a patient room door is closed, check with nursing personnel before entering that room. Please leave the room when a doctor or nurse enters. There are several rules that are very important to remember when working with patients:

Patient charts are confidential and essential to the care given by doctors and nurses. Do not handle the patient chart at any time.
  • Do not witness any papers, permits, etc.
  • Do not make purchases for patients (food,candy) unless approved by nursing personnel.
  • Do not distribute food or water until you have checked that patient is allowed to have either.


Please do not wander in the halls. If you are temporarily without a specific task to perform ,report to your contact person. Walk,do not run. Talk quietly within the hospital. Please refrain from conversing or giggling in hallways. All food must be consumed in the cafeteria. Personal telephone calls will not be permitted except in an emergency. You may not receive visitors while on duty.


The Junior Volunteer program is under the direct supervision of the coordinators of volunteers and her staff. Policies, program and services must be approved by the hospital administrator, and the Director of Nursing.
  1. The Junior Volunteer applicant must be 14 years old.
  2. Applicants must complete and return a written application with parent or guardian permission.
  3. Each applicant will be interviewed by the coordinator of volunteers before acceptance.
  4. Those accepted must attend an orientation on:
    a) hospital ethics
    b) philosophy of volunteering
    c) uniform and dress code
    d) explanation of junior services
    e) fire, safety, disaster procedures
    f) hospital tour
  5. After orientation, the volunteer is assigned to a specific service and must complete further training in certain procedures and be approved by the supervisor or clinical coordinator before practicing the procedures.
  6. Volunteers are evaluated regularly by the area supervisor and the coordinator of volunteers. They are evaluated on personality, dependability, performance, and cooperation with rules and policies.
  7. Any suggestions or problems relating to Junior Volunteers should be discussed with the coordinator of volunteers.

Services to be performed:

The following services may be performed after a Junior Volunteer has attended the general orientation program:
  1. Escort newly admitted patients to the lab,radiology, and to their rooms, except for emergencies.
  2. Escort visitors and families to various areas
  3. Transport patients by wheel chair for discharge or to radiology.
  4. Transport lab specimens and requisitions to the lab.
  5. Run any other errands asked of you.
  6. Clear tray tables before meals.
The following services may be performed after a Junior Volunteer has attended the general orientation, and has been instructed in and has successfully demonstrated the proper technique to the area supervisor or clinical coordinator. A written approval is given, and all activities are under the direction of supervision of the supervisor and appropriate RN staff member.:
  1. Pass ice water and nourishments to patients.
  2. Distribute warm wash cloths to patients before meals.
  3. Distribute meal trays and prepare patient for meals as specified by nurse in charge.
  4. Feed designated and uncomplicated patients as specified by the nurse in charge.
  5. Straighten bed linens for ambulatory patients when the bed is not occupied.
  6. Ambulate designated and uncomplicated patients as specified by nurse in charge.
If you would like to register for our Junior Volunteer Program, please contact us at (970) 384-6656, or send an email to: Michele Orton, Volunteer Coordinator, at Michele.Orton@vvh.org.

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