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Volunteering requirements

We look for volunteers who are committed to making a difference in our patients' lives. If you are caring and compassionate, this is an opportunity for you to use your unique talents and skills to provide a meaningful and satisfying experience. This opportunity offers valuable exposure to the healthcare industry.

Requirements include the following:

  • The minimum age to volunteer at North Shore University Hospital is 14.
  • There is a 100-hour commitment per calendar year.
  • Volunteers must meet the standards of patient and family-centered care: professional, courteous, compassionate and respectful.
  • Applicants must be interviewed. If accepted, there is a 6-month probationary period.
  • All applicants must attend a mandatory volunteer orientation, receive medical clearance and volunteers 18 years of age and older must complete and clear a background screening before they can begin their assignment.
  • Junior volunteers (ages 14-18) must also submit working papers and a letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor or teacher.

Junior volunteers are onboarded 3 times a year; spring (March), summer (June) and Fall/Winter (October). Please note that this program fills up 6 months in advance. The volunteer on-boarding process may take 4-6 weeks to complete.

We cannot guarantee employment. Please consult Northwell Health Careers for more information about job opportunities.

To apply to become a Volunteer at North Shore University Hospital, please contact us at (516) 562-4947. The volunteer office is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm. 

Please scan/email, fax, or mail all applications to any of the following:

Mailing address:
North Shore University Hospital
Volunteer Services Department
300 Community Drive
Manhasset, NY 11030

Email[email protected]
Fax: (516) 562-2377

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteers are integral and valuable members of the hospital’s team, and they often serve as a source of comfort and cheer to those who are hospitalized.

No matter your age, you can make a difference in the lives of our patients by becoming a volunteer. Through volunteering at North Shore University Hospital, you will have the opportunity to learn more about our world-class services, gain valuable experience and make long-lasting friendships.

We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities that can be customized to meet your needs and fit your schedule. Even if you are not sure about how you may fit in, we can help you choose an opportunity based on your background and experience.

Listed below are available volunteer opportunities based on our current needs, but additional volunteer opportunities may exist:

  • Surgical waiting room
  • Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP)
  • Reception/lobby ambassadors
  • Patient and family ambassadors
  • Gift shop
  • Mealtime mate feeders
  • Departmental liaisons
  • Stroke club volunteers
  • Clerical assignments

For more information, call Volunteer Services at (516) 562-4947.

Healthcare Exploration Program

Position type: Unpaid Shadowing Experience
Summer 2020

The Healthcare Exploration Program at North Shore University Hospital is designed to expose the undergraduate college student to various careers in the medical field. Through a balanced 8-week curriculum, students will encounter a broad range of clinical services at a tertiary care medical center. Based on the student’s interest, students spend time shadowing physicians, surgeons, nurses and physician assistants in the following clinical areas: neurosciences, cardiology, orthopedics, emergency medicine, perioperative services, pediatrics/neonatal ICU, medicine and cancer services.

In addition to shadowing healthcare providers, students also have the opportunity to explore the medical education components of healthcare by attending grand rounds. While students do not provide direct patient care, they are encouraged throughout the process to ask questions, become engaged with the healthcare providers and obtain their own mentor during their internship experience.

Click here for program details.

Nursing Exploration Program

Position type: Unpaid Nursing Immersion Experience for High School Students
Summer 2019

The Northwell Health Nursing Exploration Program at North Shore University Hospital is designed to encourage high school students to explore their interest in becoming a registered nurse. Participants meet with a nurse educator to discuss their career goals and a personalized calendar of nursing experiences is developed for each student. The program is held concurrently with the North Shore University Hospital Summer Nurse Extern Program to allow for shared learning experiences between potential nursing students and nurse externs who are currently matriculated in a nursing program. Students will spend time shadowing nurses based upon their areas of interest. While students do not provide direct patient care, they are encouraged to engage with nurses and nurse externs throughout the immersion experience to refine their career goals. 

Requirements: This program is geared towards High School Students going into their Sophomore or Junior Year in the Fall 2019. 

To apply, please complete our regular volunteer application plus a parental permission form located in the link for additional documents under Application Forms listed on this page above. Applications must include an essay between 400-500 words describing why you are interested in participating in this program and what you hope to take away from this program. In addition, we require a letter of academic reference which should be on official school letter head and either mailed or emailed to Anita Trost at the address below.

Application deadline: Completed applications and references letters must be received no later than 5pm on January 14, 2019

Click here for program details.

The Auxiliary at North Shore University Hospital

For more than 60 years, the "auxiliary" has been a volunteer force and integral part of North Shore University Hospital in raising funds to help the growth and evolution of the hospital, providing important programs and services, serving as goodwill ambassadors and acting as a vital link to the community.

Programs and services include: Diabetes Wellness Program, Stroke Club, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (SANE), Center for Aids Research & Treatment, Nursing Awards, Every Woman Matters Walk, scholarships for our Junior Volunteer Program, surgical waiting room, Chaplaincy Department, Katz Women’s Hospital, child life, palliative care, cardiac cath lab, Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) and our new Air Ambulance Helipad.

The Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts include: golf outing, vendor sales, photo contest, book sales, car and other raffles, tribute fund, Tree of Lights Ceremony and gift shop sales.

If you would like to become a member of our Auxiliary or make a donation, please call the Volunteer Services Department at (516) 562-4947.

North Shore University Hospital Auxiliary Commemorative Brick Garden

Remember a loved one, express gratitude to a staff member, honor someone special or recognize the birth of someone. Set your name in stone for many years to come. Leave a permanent testament by purchasing a personalized brick. All funds raised will go to the Auxiliary which provides funding for important hospital programs and services and helps support the growth and expansion of North Shore University Hospital.

Download a brick order form here.

Patient & Family Partnership Council at North Shore University Hospital

Our team at North Shore University Hospital invites you to join our Patient and Family Partnership Council. This is a dedicated group of patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals who partner together to create meaningful changes within our hospital. We value your experiences, insights and ideas to help develop our hospital’s services. 

Download the Patient and Family Partnership Council application.

Organ donation

Organ donation isn’t an easy thing to think about, but it’s really important. Thousands of Americans die each year because there are not enough suitable donors. Being an organ or tissue donor is a generous, rewarding decision that can save so many lives.

When you become an organ donor, you donate life. Consider these facts from the New York Organ Donor Network (NYODN):

  • More than 120,000 people nationwide are on the national waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant, including approximately 10,000 New Yorkers.
  • Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the list.
  • A single donor can save the lives of eight people through organ donation and improve the lives of up to 50 others with tissue donation.

Types of tissue and organ donation include:

  • Organ donation—The donation of an organ from an individual who has been declared brain dead. The organs are transplanted into individuals based on need through a national waiting list.
  • Tissue donation—The donation of tissue (bone, eyes, fascia, heart valves and vessels) from an individual who has suffered cardiac or brain death.
  • Living donation—The donation of organs from a living donor to an individual with a matching blood and/or tissue type.
  • Consent for donation—An approval from the family of an organ or tissue donor to donate tissue and/or organs. Even if a patient has signed a donor card, the family still needs to consent.

North Shore University Hospital works with NYODN to facilitate tissue and organ transplants. Here are some ways that we’re helping improve donation rates in our region:

  • We are a member of the Health Resource and Service Administration’s (HRSA) Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative.
  • Through our Service Improvement Coordinating Group for Donation, representatives from all Northwell Health System hospitals meet bimonthly to share best practices in organ and tissue donation.
  • North Shore University Hospital healthcare professionals have formed a Donor Council, a hospital-based group that is committed to donation initiatives.
  • We provide ongoing education for physicians, nurses, ancillary hospital staff and the community about tissue and organ donation.