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Preferences Sign Up and Information

 

Signups for preferences are now: [CLOSED]

Signups for Spring 2014 preferences will be open from February 23, 2014 - March 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

If you have not signed up for preferences yet, please email the Preferences Coordinator at EWatson@mednet.ucla.edu.  

Department Meetings

Department meeting time and locations for Spring 2014 are to be announced.

SM-UCLA MC
CCL    
CCU    
ER-A    
ER-B    
LD    
LKC    
Med Surg    
NICU    
Oncology    
OR Escort    
Orthopaedics    
Pediatrics    
Postpartum    
Radiology     
RR-UCLA MC
7W-CTU    
7ICU    
8-East West    
8-ICU    
8-North    
MICU    
RRH-Peds    
RRH-PICU    
ER    

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Important Information

  1. Preferences are due no later than 5:00 PM on Sunday, December 15th.  If you are late in turning it in your departmental preferences, please email the Preferences Coordinator at EWatson@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 EWatson@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 EWatson@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 Departments:

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.

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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.

 

Emergency Room (ER)

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.p>

 

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.

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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.


 
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.

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.

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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.


Oncology (ONCO)

Nursing floor for cancer patients. CEs have the opportunity to shadow nurses and watch procedures that may be done on the floor.


Orthopaedics (ORTHO)

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

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Ronald Reagan Hospital Departments:

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.

 

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.

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8 East West (8EW)

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

 

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.

 

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

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


 
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. 

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