What is a "Peer Visitor"?
Peer Visitors are Trauma Survivors who receive formal training from the Trauma Survivors Network, Vanderbilt Trauma and the Volunteer Services Department at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Peer Visitors serve a very unique capacity within Vanderbilt Trauma because they too have experienced the aftermath of a serious injury, either themselves or through a family member. Peer Visitors are very helpful to current patients because they can answer questions from the perspective of someone who has "been there before". They offer inspiration, hope and encouragement to patients who are just beginning the journey to recovery. The Trauma Survivors Network has several Peer Visitors who volunteer their time to talk to you or your family member while a patient at Vanderbilt Trauma and Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. Our Peer Visitors have expertise with: Traumatic Brain Injury, Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Amputation, Traumatic Multiple Fractures and Traumatic Internal Injury from Violence.
If you would like a Peer to visit with you or your loved one please click here or let one of the nurses know.