Hospital Sitter - Volunteer (this is an unpaid position)

Job Title: Volunteer Hospital Sitter

Location: Belleville, MI

Department: Administrative

Job purpose

Help make the difference in the life of a child in foster care by providing continuous observation and surveillance of foster youth who are at the hospital.

Guiding Harbor is a private, non-profit that provides services to children in foster care and their families. The ideal candidate will have a passion for working with people and understand the challenges associated with staff who work with those impacted by the foster care system. 

Duties and responsibilities

  • Continuous observation of foster youth who are at the hospital.
  • Summons the nursing staff if the patient requires assistance, becomes dysregulated or in need of nursing intervention
  • Offer support to the youth 
  • Must maintain confidentiality, and follow other related agency policies
  • Contact On-Call staff to report status changes


Skills and Qualifications

  • Must be able to maintain professionalism and self-control in difficult or stressful conditions.
  • Must display interpersonal skills necessary to effectively communicate with foster youth and, nursing staff and case workers.
  • Must have the ability to follow instructions and record information. 
  • Sit for long periods of time and remain without distraction from personal business or other diversions. 
  • Concentrate and pay close attention to details for over 90% of the time.
  • Able to work in an area with potential exposure to infectious agents and/or contaminants.

Working conditions

  • Must have reliable transportation to and from volunteer location.

Physical requirements

  • This position requires long periods of sitting.
  • Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 5 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. 
  • May be exposed to hazardous materials found in a home or general office environment.

Salary Description
This is a volunteer position.