Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 30, 1974 · Page 8
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 8

Panama City, Florida
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Sunday, June 30, 1974
Page 8
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NEWS-HERALD, Panama City, Fla,, Sunday, June 30,1974 Page IB VOLUNTEENS BRIEFING - Holding their applications for work in the Volunteens and listening to instructions are left to right, Lesley Maples, Colleen Hoffman and Vickie Hoffman. Patricia Poucher, holding the book, briefs the other Volun­ teens on the rules and regulations. PRACTICE SESSION - Volunteens prepare themselves for action by drilling and practice runs in the types of service they will be performing, such as wheeling patients in wheelchairs. Shown here are Donna Solomon in the wheelchair, acting as the patient, and Laura Mix behind the - chair, and Rhonda Lungford, beside the chair. I PATTY-CAKE, PATTIE-CAKE — Or is it ruba-dub, ruba-dub two men in a tub. Colleen Hoffman is engaged in her favorite Volunteen activity, caring for the small fry. She is shown here practicing on her neighbors baby, young Jimmy Joe Croley, 8 months old, son of Mr. and Mrs.' Jimmy Croley. Colleen has been babysitting with this active youngster since he was a tiny baby. Volunteens Help Lift Part Of Hospital Load ATTENTION CLASS - A study session with a full instructs the classes assisted by the trained Vohin- class of incoming Volunteens supported by a group teens themselves The girls attend classes for 10 of second year Volunteens in underway. Mrs. hours and have 25 hours clinical experience. Dorothy Pringle; supervisor of the Volunteens / Willing hands, tireless feet and a bright and cheery smile go a long way to relieve burdens in a packed and busy hospital. That's what a Volun­ teen does, left some of the load. While they're at it, they bring lots of youthful energy, cheerfulness, and tender caring. "What I like best about Volunteen work is taking care of the babies," said young Colleen Hoffman. Colleen is a 15-year-old involved in service in the hospital and on the homefront, caring for the small fry. She's a babysitter, and her enthusiasm for her young charges is brimming over. "It makes the patients feel good when we come in to talk to them, said Vicki Hoffman, another Volunteen, who loves her work at the hospital. "All the nurses are really nice to us and allow us to help and teach us how," said the girls, in explaining their activities at the hospital. All of the girls may not aspire to be Florence Nightingale in action, but the Volun­ teen work is good experience for those who do plan to enter nursing, and it gives them all a chance to , l.earn more . about taking care of them- l^selves and their families, the Volunteen director pointed out. Volunteens is a coined word that packs a world of meaning. First of all, the Volun­ teens are volunteers as the world implies, and their age ranges from 15 to 18, They may be either sex, although at the present time the class is an all girl group. The Volunteens are eager, energetic and idealistic, with the enthusiasm of youth for serving. The excitement and drama that daily unfolds in any big hospital finds them alert and eager to learn. Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Bay Memorial Hospital, the Volunteens is a part network of services offered to the hospital, its staff and the patients by the Auxiliary. Mrs. C.V. Dorothy Pringle, hospital Auxiliarian, presently heads the Volunteens as supervisor. She took over the sponsorship in August of 1973, at that time a group of six active members. "The Volunteens now have 38 active members," Mrs. Pringle observed, and went on to explain "how they operate and what services they are allowed to perform. "They must attend classes for 10 hours and have 25 hours clinical experience. During this training period they work with a veteran Volunteen. I teach the classes with the help of the Volunteens, "Mrs. Pringle added. The Volunteens are required to work 80 hours a year and pay $2 a year dues," she explained. "The girls report to Hhe nursing supervisor for assignments. They run errands for nurses and patients, and they take patients to the lab and to x-ray. They take the new babies to waiting fathers when it is time for mother and baby to go home. "They have their own set of by-laws, and elect officers twice a year to try to get all g iris on a committee so that all run the organization and not just a few," Mrs. Pringle went on. "As sponsor for the Auxiliary, I attend all the board and general meetings. I guide them in any way and at any time needed. Then it is my duty to report to the Auxiliary on progress made by the Volun­ teens," Mrs. Pringle reported. When new members complete their class room work and clinical work, a graduation ceremony is held and they are presented certificate of graduation. Last year, the group met at Mrs. Pringle's home for a Christmas party where they presented their sponsor with an appreciation gift. The hospital awards were presented to the Volunteens at this party and Mrs. Pringle was awarded a silver tray. "The last of May was combined our graduation, awards and installation of new officers and had a pool party at my home," Mrs. Pringle said. "At this time several of the girls were awarded 100 hour pins. The new class of graduates in May include Audrey Smith, Judy Ann Callon, Vickie Hoffman, Sherry Rogers, Lynn Godwin, Rhonda Lunsford, Colleen Hoffman, Sharon Stephenson, Lisa Ann Goins, Lesley Maples, Tina Locklin, Susan Kirchman, Donna Parker, Sharon Johnson. Outgoing officers include Robin Phillips, president; Zolita Goyens, vice president; Laura Mix, treasurer; Lisa Gunter, secretary. The incoming officers for the new year are Zolita Goyens, president; Laurier McCrayey, vice president; Helen Greenlee, secretary and Cindy Cook, treasurer. Anyone (boy or girl) 15 years or older can be a Volunteen if they will call me, at 785-4205. COOL, CLEAR WATER — It takes lots of ice and lots of water to keep all the thirsty patients well supplied with drinking water during the day. These Volun­ teens, Lisa Gunter and Rhetta Helms, are getting ready to make their rounds. Lisa was secretary of the Volunteens and Rhetta, parliamentarian. MAKING BEDS—One of the first duties of a Volunteen is to learn how to make a patient's bed properly. Shown here Robin Phillips, past president of the Volun­ teens, at right, and Zalita Goyens, vice president of Volunteens, are carefully turning the clean sheets just the right way. VOLUNTEEN LEADER — Mrs. Vernon Pringle (Dorothy) is the leader oftHe Volunteen group sponsored by the Hospital Auxiliary of the Bay Mempriail Hospital. She is in her accustomed place looking over records and checking charts on the Volunteens who are required to^put in 80 hours a year. „

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