If you are 18 years of age or older, you are eligible for our Year-Round Volunteer Program. We ask you to commit to a two or three hour volunteer shift, once a week, for a minimum of 50 hours, in a mostly-uninterrupted six month period. We have weekday, evening and weekend volunteer opportunities available.

If you are interested in volunteering at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, you will need to submit a different application.  Your initital placement can be at only one of our campuses.  After reaching your initital commitment of fifty hours, you can visit with Volunteer Services staff about switching placements.  Please click here  for information about volunteering at Children's Hospital.

We have a multi-step process to onboard as a volunteer:

Step 1
Learn About volunteering and view our video: Volunteering at Vanderbilt, which highlights key components of the volunteer program.

Step 2
Apply Online.   Please  ask yourself these questions BEFORE you apply (click here).   

​After your application is reviewed and accepted, you will be contacted to schedule an interview. During the interview you will discuss if volunteering at the Adult Hospital & Clinics is a fit for you, your possible placement, and schedule.

Step 4
Complete our Online Volunteer Orientation & Training. This training is developed to provide you with overall, broad-based knowledge about volunteering in a hospital and clinical setting. It includes education about emergency situations and how to respond to them. We also offer compliance training that covers the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protecting patient privacy, among other topics. You will be signed up for this training at the completion of a successful interview.

Step 5
Obtain the required immunizations.

Step 6
Complete the background check release form. Volunteering at the Hospital & Clinics is contingent upon a completed background check. If a placement is offered after your initial interview with the Volunteer Services team, you will receive via e-mail the link and instructions for completing a Verified Persons background check.

Step 7
Complete the unit-specific training. This training is developed for your specific volunteer placement and may be done in a group or one-on-one setting.

Step 8
Shadow a current volunteer. You may shadow as many times as you need to feel comfortable before volunteering on your own.