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Deadline: August 31st @ 5PM

Table of Contents:

  • Important Information
  • Department Information
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    Important Information

    1. If you are late in turning it in your departmental preferences, please email the Preferences Coordinator at MelanieDeLaCruz@mednet.ucla.edu.
    2. Fill in ALL FIVE BLANKS.  There is no guarantee that you will get your first, second, or third preference, so please fill in all five slots.
    3. Labor and Delivery (LD) and Emergency Room (ER) are open only to Care Extenders in their 3rd or later rotation.  Likewise, the Les Kelley Clinic (LKC) is only open to Care Extenders in their 4th or later rotation AND have completed at least 250 hours  at the start of the upcoming rotation.  If you do not qualify for a department, DO NOT put it as a preference because you will have wasted that preference slot.
    4. Please be aware of the hours for the different departments. For example, if you know you are only able to volunteer on weekends, do not put down a department that is only open on weekdays (i.e. CCL). Please see the department descriptions below for shift times.
    5. If you know you will be on leave for the whole rotation (2/10/14-5/4/14), put "LOA" for all 5 of your preferences. Noting you are LOA on the preference list means that you do not need to be assigned to a department. However, you still need to submit an LOA form, which can be found here:. Failing to do so will result in you being MIA and dropped from the program.
    6. If you are completing the program after this current rotation, please select "COMPLETING" for all 5 of your preferences. YOU MUST STILL TURN IN A COMPLETION FORM AND TURN IN YOUR BADGE AT THE END OF YOUR LAST SHIFT IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM SUCCESSFULLY.
    7. If you have been in LKC once before, you cannot be in it again.
    8. If you do not see your name on the sign up page list, then please email the Preference Coordinator at MelanieDeLaCruz@mednet.ucla.edu.
    9. The year/number for each Care Extender indicates when you started the program- NOT the number of rotations you have completed. "1" means you started in Winter, "2" is Spring, "3" is Summer, and "4" is Fall. If your "class" is incorrect please email us at MelanieDeLaCruz@mednet.ucla.edu.

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    Department Descriptions:

    Unless otherwise indicated, volunteering shifts are 4 hours long and available every day of the week between 7 AM and 11 PM in 4 hour blocks. 

    SANTA MONICA HOSPITAL

    Cardiac Cath Lab (CCL) 

    Shifts: 4 hour shifts, available Monday through Friday, 7 AM - 3 PM

    CEs have the opportunity to observe angiograms and angioplasties, as well as other cardiac related procedures.

    Critical Care Unit (CCU)

    Patients in critical condition are here, often with terminal illnesses.  Various procedures can be observed here.

    Emergency Room (ER-SMH)

    Note: Care Extenders MUST be in their third rotation or after to be in this department.

    In this department you will be able to observe a variety of procedures. You will have the chance to work closely with doctors, nurses, residents, and technicians. CEs will help restock items, clean and make beds, pick items up for dietary or lab, help transport patients, or observe procedures.

    Geriatrics

    Assist nurses and doctors in the care of our short term and long term geriatric patients. An interactive department

    Labor and Delivery (LD)

    Note: Care Extenders MUST be in their third rotation or after to be in this department.

    Care Extenders get to observe vaginal deliveries and c-sections, as well as assist nurses with other procedures done in the unit.

    Les Kelley Clinic (LKC)

    Note: Care Extenders MUST be in their fourth rotation or after AND have more than 250 volunteering hours to be in this department.

    The resident shadowing unit. CEs shadow residents during their rounds, and during other procedures that the resident may be doing.

    Medical Surgical (MED SURG)

    Nursing floor with patients who often have chronic illnesses.  CEs have opportunities to observe medical procedures as well as shadowing nurses and doctors occasionally.

    Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) 

    Infants in critical condition are housed here.  CEs are able to hold and care for the infants alongside nurses, as well as occasionally go to LD to observe births.

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    Oncology (ONCO)

    Nursing floor for cancer patients. CEs have the opportunity to shadow nurses and watch procedures that may be done on the floor.
     
    OR Escort (OR-ESCORT)

    Shifts: 2 hour shifts, available ONLY Monday through Friday, 5:00 AM - 7:00 AM

    Escort surgery patient to registration early in the morning so they can prepare for their procedure. The great thing about this unit is that you will be guaranteed your first department of choice next rotation, excluding LKC. Also, you only do a 2-hour shift but you will receive 4 hours of credit.

    Orthopaedics (ORTHO)

    Nursing floor with patients with orthopaedic problems or orthopaedic post op patients.

    Pediatrics (SMH-PEDS)

    CEs are able to shadow nurses, doctors, care for the infants which include holding and feeding them. Care Extenders assigned to this unit must attend Child Life Training. 

    Post Partum (PP)

    Where mothers and babies stay after delivery. CEs will have the opportunity to observe circumcisions, baby examinations, UV treatment, and Foley insertion; help take care of babies in the nursery, and hold them.

    Radiology (RAD)

    CEs shadow techs to all the other departments of the hospital, spending a lot of time in the ER. You will also be able to visit the CT, MRI and ultrasound and observe procedures while working closely with the techs.

    Surgery Center

    Shifts: 4 hour shifts, available Monday through Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM

    Assist doctors and nurses in the care of our pre-surgery patients.   

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    RONALD REAGAN HOSPITAL

    5-East (5E)

    Also known as the Medical Telemetery Unit. You will have chances to gain experience working with nurses, doctors, and care partners. You may be able to observe medical procedures and assist nurses.

    6-East (6E)

    This department is primarily dedicated to delivering care to cancer patients and their families. This department is a great opportunity for CEs to learn about hospital healthcare. You will doing such duties as assisting nurses, advanced care partners, helping the patients and their families, and performing clerical duties.

    7-East (7E)

    Also known as the Medical Telemetery Unit. You will have chances to gain experience working with nurses, doctors, and care partners. You may be able to observe medical procedures and assist nurses.

    7-Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (7-ICU)

    Shifts: 4 hour shifts, available Mondays through Saturdays with NO Sundays, 7 AM - 11 PM

    Formerly known as CTICU. Floor that houses various patients in critical condition.  Open chest procedures occur occasionally and can be observed by CEs.

    7-West Cardio Thoracic Unit (7W-CTU)

    General nursing floor where patients are post-operative.  CE's will have the opportunity to interact with the hospital staff and familiarize themselves with how the hospital runs.  CE's may also occasionally watch various medical procedures, shadow nurses/doctors, and interact with patients closely. 

    Liver Transplant (8ICU)

    Nursing floor where patients are post-operative. CEs have the opportunity to shadow nurses and watch procedures that may be done on the floor.

    8 North (8N)

    Nursing floor where patients are post-operative. CEs have the opportunity to shadow nurses and watch procedures that may be done on the floor.

    8 East (8E)

    Nursing floor where patients are post-operative. CEs have the opportunity to shadow nurses and watch procedures that may be done on the floor.

    8 West (8W)

    Nursing floor where patients are post-operative. CEs have the opportunity to shadow nurses and watch procedures that may be done on the floor.

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    Emergency Room (ER-RRH)

    Note: Care Extenders MUST be in their third rotation or after to be in this department.

    Patients with various problems are admitted. Care Extenders are able to observe procedures going on in the unit, as well as interact with patients and assist the ER techs.

    Gonda

    The GONDA unit is specially designated for patients seeking observation and treatment for a specific symptom. Care Extenders in this unit have the unique opportunity to interact with patients diagnosed with a wide range of conditions. In addition, Care Extenders are presented are presented with the opportunity to not only interact with physicians, nurses, and care partners alike, but to observe the insertions of A-lines, intubations, and participate in procedures specific to the unit.

    Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)

    1.Hematologic malignancies (mostly leukemia and lymphoma patients that have had a bone marrow or peripheral stem cell transplant).

    2.Pulmonary hypertension - this disease is treated solely at tertiary medical care centers such as UCLA and has an increasing frequency nationwide; pulmonary hypertension is manageable and life-extending therapies can be offered only in a tertiary acre medical center.

    3.End-stage liver failure for patients who are not liver transplant candidates. These patients are often in acute renal failure in addition to liver failure and may not have a positive treatment option outside of palliative care.

    Pediatrics (RRH-PEDS)

    CEs are able to shadow nurses, doctors, care for the infants which include holding and feeding them. Care Extenders assigned to this unit must attend Child Life Training. 

    Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

    Pediatric ICU. Various procedures can be observed.  Care Extenders working in PICU must attend Child Life Training.

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