You ask a great question. I would look at going into a teaching hospital (in other words, a hospital that has a partnership with a college or university). Such hospitals are open to training college level and graduate level students. Since you are in high school, there is nothing wrong with getting your feet wet by volunteering in a hospital a few times a week. Volunteers are greatly needed and can provide much support to staff in generating a great experience for the patient.
Some of the roles of volunteers can include:
•Train new volunteers on hospital procedures.
•Direct patients from Emergency and the Front Desk to specific medical units within the hospital.
•Create and distribute visitor passes.
•Answer phone and respond to inquiries at the Emergency Room Security Office and at the Front Desk.
•Transport patients to all areas within the hospital.
If you are interested in volunteering during your off time from school (holidays, summers, weekends) then this would be a great way to get your feet wet. It would also give you time to ask questions from the folks that perform the jobs you want to do in the future. Who knows, you may find the mentor that will guide you through your career if you stick with this profession.
Below is a link that will give you the steps to volunteer. And this link is specifically for high school students (such as yourself):
I truly hope this is helpful to you. Good luck in your journey!
Simona recommends the following next steps:
- Google hospitals with college and/or university affiliations
- Call a few of these hospitals to see if they need volunteers
- Develop a realistic schedule that will allow you to volunteer
- Complete the application to volunteer at your selected hospital
- Begin your journey once you start volunteering at the hospital