I completed a B.Sc. in nursing. How do I seek volunteer opportunities in a healthcare field?
The main purpose of writing this is to get experience in volunteering to make my resume strong
I think volunteering is a great way to build a strong resume! Here are some ways to find good opportunities, check them out:
- Register on specific volunteer boards (my favorite is VolunteerMatch https://www.volunteermatch.org ), go to the search box and select your location and “nursing” or “healthcare” for preferred causes and search keywords
- Contact the local hospitals; they are usually very interested in enrolling volunteers with a nursing background. For Ontario, see, for example, the open volunteer positions with Norfolk General Hospital http://www.ngh.on.ca/volunteer-service-descriptions.html
- Contact the Canadian Red Cross, the organization that is always in need of nurse volunteers: http://www.redcross.ca/volunteer/apply-now
- Go to regular job search websites, like Indeed, CareerBuilder, and Eluta.ca (Canada-specific) and type in “nurse volunteer” and your location; then check the volunteer, part-time and internship opportunities that will pop up.
This is the time you should be stepping out of your comfort zone and networking. Researching volunteer coordinators of hospitals or clinics you are interested in working in and expressing your willingness to be of some assistance. Be direct, clear on what you are wanting to get from the experience and be flexible. Volunteer opportunities are a great to get your foot in the door to getting an actual job so treat it as such.