Why volunteer during nursing school?

As a few may know I currently volunteer at a hospital in the medical center in my town.

When staff and others pin point my age, and learn the fact that I am in school, and in no way am mandated to volunteer, it makes me feel some type of way. There are junior volunteers, for those who are in high school, which need a volunteering assignment for their future college applications and completion of high school.

I take this question and just explain to them that volunteering is a must for me. I absolutely have a spot in my heart for giving back.

Some people look at me like I’m crazy, and go on to explain that I could be doing other things with my time, instead of working for free.

I just stare at them and just continue to explain that I really do enjoy my time at the hospital as it provides more opportunities for learning and getting comfortable in a setting I see myself working in. I enjoy meeting and talking to people, wherever. I enjoy talking to patients and kids, because being brought to the hospital is a scary thing. I, enjoy allies and small talk which helps he families vent when they are so stressed.

I also do enjoy overhearing conversations about care, which helps me learn more about things I have read about in school. Lastly, I want to build relationships for the future. So, it never hurts to volunteer and show your face.