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    Student Programs

    "It’s our pleasure to serve YOU"


    Welcome to our Student Volunteer Programs. These specific programs are a great avenue for students who are seeking career path experience as well as the opportunity to meet community service requirements.

    These programs provide students:

    • An opportunity to gain experience and learn new skills that will be directly transferable to a student’s chosen career.
    • An opportunity to achieve community service requirements.
    • An opportunity to gain confidence in service orientation, social skills, teamwork, oral communication, ethical responsibility to self and others, reliability and dependability.
    • An opportunity to develop culture competence. Working with people of different ages, backgrounds, cultures or values help students learn both about others and about themselves and prepares them for a diverse workplace.
    • An opportunity for networking and developing relationships with people who may help them connect with others when beginning their job search and who would be willing to write a reference

    Students are selected through application and interview and are required to attend orientation and training before serving in our selected programs. We recommend you apply the semester before you would like to serve.

    Students may participate in both of our programs and are not limited to choosing one program. Students who excel in their hours and service to our programs will be awarded and recognized as a Gold Star Student Leader. Gold Star Students will receive a star pin for their badge, are invited to attend the end of the year FGH Volunteer Luncheon, receive a recognition letter from Volunteer Services, and are given the opportunity to help train other students in our programs.

    Leadership

    Student Ambassadors are assigned to the entrances of Forrest General Hospital. Their primary focus is to greet and welcome all who enter the doors as well as be a resource for those we serve. From scanning temperatures, escorting visitors and families, delivering to patients or providing general information about hospital events and amenities, Ambassadors work hard to take care of our customers.

    Patient Rounding 

    The rounding experience is an opportunity for Ambassadors to visit with patients and families offering them "one-on-one" time as a contributing member of the care team. Students visit with patients and assist with basic non-clinical needs such as ensuring the call light is within reach, adjusting bed height when necessary, offering pillows, blankets and adjusting lighting if appropriate for their care.

    Tasks and criteria include:

    • learning medical terminology/supplies and completing rounding forms
    • confidence and ease with starting conversations
    • function under pressure in sensitive situations
    • work with people of different ages, backgrounds, cultures and/or values
    • take directions and work independently

    Hospitality Cart

    Ambassadors round on patients and families to ensure comfort and entertainment needs are being met by offering reading materials, crosswords, word finds, playing cards, and other available items.

    Office Assistance 

    Ambassadors will have the opportunity to help various departments with packet assembly and other office needs.

    ER Care Partner

    ER Care Partner provides patient rounding opportunities in the Emergency Department. Students are assigned to specific patient care areas, students also check and stock par levels in rooms. Only two ER Care students may serve per hour.

    Project Days

    Project Days are held throughout the year and students pay participate in activities such as Turkey Grams, Poinsettia deliveries, Valentines Valet and uniform sales as well as other hospital events.

    Nominate

    Recognize your student leaders and help them take their leadership to the next level by nominating them for an Ambassador or an ER Care Partner position at Forrest General Hospital. Based on your nomination, your student’s will have the opportunity to receive a personal invitation into our program. To nominate a student email the following nomination information to volunteer services, and a brief description of what leadership qualities make this student a good candidate for our program. Please include any examples of their leadership skills.

    We thank you for being a positive influence in your students' lives and inspiring them to reach for a brighter future.

    Faculty Nomination

    Recognize your student leaders and help them take their leadership to the next level by nominating them for a student volunteer position at Forrest General Hospital. Based on your nomination, you student(s) will receive a personal invitation into our program. To nominate a student, email the following nomination form to Volunteer Services including a brief description and examples of their leadership qualities.

    We thank you for being a positive influence in your students' lives and inspiring them to reach for a bright future.

    Nomination Criteria

    Please nominate students at least 18 years old who demonstrate outstanding leadership potential, commitment and exemplary citizenship. Students will be given the opportunity to earn community service hours as well as network and represent Forrest General Hospital.

    Please consider each student's overall aptitude for achievement, their ability to take initiative and make decisions that can effect positive change, as well as their continued growth and progress within their desired career path.

    Questions and to nominate contact Lori Roseberry 601-288-4449 email Lori.roseberry@forrestgeneral.com

    Download a nomination form.

    SESSION DATES for Ambassador Services
    Session dates are similar to the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer semesters of local Community Colleges, Junior Colleges and Mississippi Universities. Students are selected for a single session. All students in good standing may continue working between sessions and have automatic acceptance into the next session. Good standing will be determined by the Student Manager and Director of Volunteer Services. Students are encouraged to serve for more than one session.

    Ambassador Services

    The Student Ambassador Leadership Program is diverse and unique in opportunities. It compliments and enhances the patient care experience by providing guest service support to patients, their families, visitors, and staff. Student Ambassadors are assigned to one of the many entrances of Forrest General Hospital. The primary focus is to greet and welcome all who enter the doors of Forrest General, those who are traveling the hallways seeking information, as well as be a resource for those we serve. From escorting visitors and families, obtaining and/or requesting transport assistance, to providing general information about hospital events and amenities, our Student Ambassadors work hard to take care of our customers.

    Ambassadors have the opportunity to participate in projects held throughout the year such as Turkey Grams, Poinsettia Deliveries, Valentines Valet and Ambassador Shamrockin’ as well as other hospital events.

    The Ambassador program is open to students of all majors. Ambassadors are asked to serve a weekly two hour shift for a minimum of twenty four hours per semester. This is the minimum hours required, students may work and gain as many hours as needed. Each session is a twelve week commitment. Holiday Ambassadors serve for six weeks. Students are encouraged to serve for more than one session. An Ambassador is a unique individual who is willing to learn about our organization in order to meet the needs of those we serve. It requires someone who is mature, friendly, outgoing, and must be able to walk and stand for extended periods.

    Student Ambassadors are identified by green blazers, which help to easily identify them to our customers. Some of the tasks/criteria of the program include:

    • Ability to communicate clearly.
    • Be energetic, friendly, and outgoing.
    • Must have an ease with starting conversations.
    • Welcome and greet our visitors and families.
    • Assist with directions; help our families to navigate the halls of Forrest General.
    • Escort visitors and families to their requested designations in a timely but safe manner.
    • Function as support staff to our Information Desk.
    • Must be at least 18 to serve in this program.
    • Complete orientation and commit to minimum of volunteer hours required per session.
    • Requires business casual attire. No jeans, shorts, flip flops, or t-shirts.
    • All students are required to provide a teacher reference and agree to hospital policies.

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    Leadership by Lori Guillot Roseberry


    If you have a question concerning student programs contact:

    Lori Roseberry
    Manager, Student Programs
    Volunteer & Guest Services|
    Phone: 601-288-4449 Fax; 601-288-4209
    Lori.roseberry@forrestgeneral.com

    Vicky M. Buxton, Director
    Volunteer & Guest Services
    Pastoral Care, Mail Services, FGH Canteen
    Phone: 601-288-4214 Fax: 601-288-4209
    VBuxton@forrestgeneral.com


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