MOC's Bedside Performance Program at Children's Hospital Colorado is scheduled on Thursday evenings at 5:30pm. Programs usually last between 1.5 - 2 hours.
Volunteer Guides escort Volunteer Musicians from room to room as they play music for patients. Volunteer Guides knock on each hospital room door and ask patients if they feel like hearing music. They also introduce the musicians prior to their performances and guide them through the facility. Each guide is assigned to a specific healthcare facility.
The Volunteer Guide is the "eyes and ears" of MOC during the Bedside Performance Program as well as the liaison between the hospital and the Volunteer Musician. But most importantly, Volunteer Guides know the protocols, policies and expectations of the hospitals or healthcare facilities in which they volunteer and are responsible for making sure these guidelines are upheld during the program. Volunteer Guides are critical to the success of the program.
MOC’s orientation process includes the following:
- phone interview
- handbook, orientation & quiz
- background check & confidentiality agreement
- shadowing an experienced volunteer at least twice
Each healthcare facility typically has additional requirements including orientation class, ID badge and immunizations, like TB tests and/or flu shots. Volunteer Guides may be asked to submit his or her shot record to the facility where they will be volunteering.
After completion of training, volunteers to commit to volunteering once a month for at least one year.