Iowa Mission of Mercy - Volunteers
Mission of Mercy Volunteers Needed
November 18-19, 2011
Tyson Events Center, 401 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, IA
There are numerous opportunities for you to volunteer at the Iowa Mission of Mercy (MOM). Note all volunteers 17 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult. MOM is divided into several departments with each department needing various types of volunteers.
Volunteers fall into two general categories - dental/medical professionals and lay volunteers.
The general departments are:
Within each category several volunteer types are needed. See below to identify areas where you can be of assistance.
Dentists: Those with a dental degree and a current, unrestricted Iowa dental license to work in the following areas: dental triage, local anesthetic, oral surgery, restorative, endodontics, prosthodontics, pediatrics. If Iowa is not the state of issuance of your License, you must apply for a temporary license from the Iowa Dental Board. Please contact Christel at 515.242.6369.
Hygienists: Those with a dental hygiene degree and a current, unrestricted Iowa dental hygienist license to work in the following areas: hygiene, dental triage, sterilization, anesthesia, as a patient record verifier, as a dental assistant, and radiology. If Iowa is not the state of issuance of your License, you must apply for a temporary license from the Iowa Dental Board. Please contact Christel at 515.242.6369.
Dental Assistants: Those who are registered as a dental assistant with the Iowa Dental Board to work in the following areas: dental triage, oral surgery, restorative, endodontics, prosthodontics, pediatrics, sterilization.
Students: Dental, dental hygienist, dental assistant, and medical students are needed for various volunteer work based on having the appropriate credentials, experience, and supervision.
Patient Record Verifier: Stationed in each treatment area and responsible for checking the record of each patient prior to leaving the treatment area. Needs to be a dental hygienist with dental screening knowledge and a high level of accuracy. Must be able to read x-rays. Should be able to catch wrong tooth numbers, unsigned records, need for patient to go to another area for further treatment (i.e., need flipper if just had surgery).
X-Ray Technicians: Individuals with appropriate training and experience to provide or assist with panoramic and intraoral x-rays.
Lab Technicians: Individuals with appropriate training and experience to fabricate, construct, make, or repair oral prosthetics, including treatment partials.
Dental Equipment Maintenance: Individuals with appropriate training and experience to set up, maintain, and tear down dental equipment.
Front Office Staff/Billing Clerks: Experienced billing coders to track completed procedures.
LPN, RN, Nursing Students, Physician, Physician Assistants, Nurse's Aid: To conduct a medical history and check blood pressure and blood glucose levels.
EMTs: To be available with necessary equipment during treatment hours.
Pharmacist/Pharmacy Tech: To prescribe pre-medication, antibiotics and low-level pain medications.
Other than specific areas (child care, crowd control/parking, interpreters, and those with specific physical limitations), lay volunteers will be assigned to areas as needed when they arrive to volunteer during the event.
Child care: Child care volunteers are responsible for providing care to children of patients while they seek treatment. Volunteers will work in a designated child care area and will have games, toys, and other activities to do with the children.
Crowd Control: Ensure orderliness of everyone at the event. This could be inside or outside and could include directing patients and volunteers to appropriate parking areas or directing individuals to the clinic.
Interpreters: Spanish and other interpreters will be needed in all departments.
Other lay volunteer areas include:
Food Service: Serve and clean-up food service areas for patients and/or volunteers.
Patient Escorts: Escort patients between various departments ensuring that no one is ever left alone on the clinic floor. Please note that this position may require the climbing of stairs.
Patient Exit Interviewers: Assist patients in completing exit interview.
Patient Registration: Greet and explain how the program works; direct people where they need to go to make sure they are seen in first come, first served order; and, distribute paperwork.
Room Monitor: Provide assistance to whatever process is occurring in the area you are monitoring. This may be assisting with management of patients waiting for care, assisting the next patient in line to get to their area of treatment, ensuring supplies are delivered when needed, etc.
Runners: Assist department heads as needed.
Set-up: Tables, chairs, dental units, supplies, signs, volunteer registration, food service, etc. Thursday only.
Tear-down: Disassemble equipment, pack equipment and supplies, inventory, general clean-up, etc. Sunday morning only.
Volunteer Registration: Greet and check in volunteers.
Waste Management: Empty waste, general clean-up.
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