A nurse-led youth volunteering project to support older people on acute hospital wards
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A nurse-led youth volunteering project to support older people on acute hospital wards

Liz Charalambous Teaching Associate, University of Nottingham, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To explore volunteer roles that can support older people on acute hospital wards

  • To gain awareness of the benefits and challenges of involving young people in hospital volunteering

  • To consider the advantages of using a framework for planning, developing and organising hospital volunteer services

Young people volunteering on acute hospital wards can provide extra support to older patients, for example with eating and drinking, with mobilising and with therapeutic activities. This extra support can reduce nurses’ workload while providing older people with opportunities to interact and engage. For the young people involved, volunteering can improve their skills and confidence, as well as providing opportunities for career development. Nurses are well-placed for developing and managing volunteer services due to their leadership, clinical skills and experience. This article describes a volunteer project where young people aged 16 years and above support older people on acute hospital wards in an NHS trust in England. The project was designed and managed by a nurse using the NURTURe model, a framework for planning, developing and organising volunteer services to support older patients on acute hospital wards.

Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2020.e1926

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

Liz.charalambous1@nottingham.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Charalambous L (2020) A nurse-led youth volunteering project to support older people on acute hospital wards. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2020.e1926

Published online: 24 June 2020

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