Students & Volunteers

Students and Volunteers for Child Life

Application Process

 

Please print, complete, and return the following forms to begin the application process to become eligible to volunteer at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

 

Volunteering for HSHS St. Vincent Hospital is a wonderful way to provide a helping hand to those in need. Thank you for your interest in giving back to our community. 

Current Volunteer Opportunities at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital:
 

  • Student volunteers: Students must be at least 16 years old and commit to performing a minimum of 50 hours of annual service to qualify to volunteer at the hospital.

  • Cancer Center Greeter: Greet patients and visitors.

  • Gift Shop Retail Clerk: Must be a member of the HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Auxiliary.

  • Information Desk: Attendant.

  • Pastoral Care: Eucharistic Minister to provide the sick with the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

  • Patient mail: Mail sorting and delivery.

  • Patient Registration escort: Escort patients and visitors to appropriate areas within the hospital.

  • Physician Relations: Office assistant needed to perform miscellaneous clerical duties such as typing, filing, copying, answering phones and special projects as needed.

  • Rehabilitation: Office assistant needed to perform miscellaneous clerical duties such as typing, filing, copying, answering phones and special projects as needed.

  • Surgical Waiting Room: Volunteers provide hospitality for family members while their loved one is in surgery.

  • Wound and Ostomy: Office assistant needed to perform miscellaneous clerical duties such as typing, filing, copying, answering phones and special projects as needed.

About Our Volunteers

 

HSHS St. Vincent Children's Hospital has made a commitment to be recognized within our community as a hospital that provides exceptional customer service. We expect all individuals who represent HSHS St. Vincent Children's Hospital to exhibit our five service behavior standards:
 

  • Create positive first impressions

  • Demonstrate care and concern

  • Respect dignity and maintain confidentiality

  • Be a team player

  • Initiate service improvements

Requirements:

  • Be of good character and willing to serve

  • Complete an application and medical history

  • Must have a TB test, Rubella Titer, Varicella and flu shot on acceptance of position – courtesy of the hospital

  • Must attend a required in-service training once a year

  • Complete an Education Packet

  • Complete a Background Information Disclosure form

  • Abide by the rules and regulations of the hospital

  • Sharing your time, helping others

Meet the Team

 

HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital has a dedicated team of full-time child life specialists, interns, students and volunteers.

Colleen Ducke - Child Life Manager

Ducke grew up in La Crosse and was a Boston nanny before returning to Madison to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Life at Edgewood College. From there, she headed back to Boston to serve as an intern at the Boston Floating Hospital for Children. She earned a Master’s Degree in Human Development at Wheelock College in Boston. Ducke taught Child Life at her alma mater for four years and joined Prevea in 2002. She is a member of the Association of Child Life Professionals.

Ashley Thompson - Child Life Supervisor
Thompson, a Waupun native, majored in human development at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a minor in psychology. She volunteered at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital in the Child Life program before going to Marshfield Clinic and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield for her internship. She joined Prevea in April 2007 and is member of the Association of Child Life Professionals.

Amy Hagel
Hagel grew up in Carroll, Iowa. She attended the University of Iowa and majored in Child Life with a minor in psychology. She volunteered at University of Iowa hospitals and clinics before coming to HSHS St. Vincent Hospital for her internship. She joined St. Vincent Hospital’s Child Life program in Sept. 2013 and is a member of the Association of Child Life Professionals.

Lauren Vanden Heuvel
Vanden Heuvel grew up in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.  She attended Edgewood College in Madison and majored in Child Life with a minor in psychology. She volunteered at American Family Children’s Hospital and completed her practicum and internship at St. Vincent Hospital. She joined St. Vincent Children’s Hospital’s Child Life program in Nov. 2016 and is a member of the Association of Child Life Professionals.