News and Notes :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

News and Notes

We will update this section as new announcements are available. However, you are always encouraged to communicate with your coordinator or the staff in the area where you volunteer if you are not able to find the answer to the question you are looking for.

Flu Vaccine Update - 2013 Flu Vaccine Mandatory for All Volunteers to have Flu Vaccine

Thanks to those of you who have sent in your flu vaccine documentation already. Verification can be sent to  Adult volunteers can receive either the injection or nasal mist free of charge.  Here are some answers to questions I have received:

  • Even if you don’t volunteer on a patient unit, you are still in the same environment as our patients/families.  Getting your flu vaccine is a win-win situation.  You are protected and so are the patient, families, and staff.

  • For accurate information on the flu vaccine—either the injection or nasal mist, visit the CDC website at

  • If you have specialized circumstances, please refer to your primary care physician.

  • Medical exemptions from your physician will be accepted.  Dr. Dennis Cunningham, Medical Director of Epidemiology will review all medical exemptions and make the final determination regarding your volunteer status.  We will have a form available for you to take to your doctor.

  • If you receive your flu vaccine at another location, email, fax, or bring a copy to Family and Volunteer Services.

  • Teen volunteers will need to go to their primary care physician or to another location and provide Nationwide Children's documentation of their flu vaccine.

  • Deadline to receive your flu vaccine is November 29, 2013.

  • This policy applies to ALL volunteers.

Let us know if you have further question.   We appreciate your role in keeping our patients and families safe.

Flu Clinic Dates and Times

  • 2013 Flu Vaccine Clinic Schedule

  • Take volunteer id badges

  • Employees who are also volunteers—please let them know you are also a volunteer so you are counted in both groups!

  • Teens—will NOT be given a flu vaccine by Employee Health

  • You will be given a card documenting your flu vaccine—save for your files

Location of Flu Clinics

Follow the blue path to the Education Building.  You can click on the map to enlarge it.

Clubhouse Volunteers – new email

Attention Clubhouse volunteers—you can email the Clubhouse staff at if you have scheduling questions, if you are going to be off, or if you just want to chat!  Please add this email to your contact list.

Gel In... Gel Out

Hand hygiene is important for all. Make sure you are either using hand gel or soap and water every time you enter and exit a patient’s room.  If you have questions, please email

Dress Policy

Remember, teens need to wear khaki pants and the uniform polo when volunteering.  All volunteers need to be in closed-toe shoes and wearing their photo name badge.  This means NO shorts, capri’s, sandals, or flip flops.  Skirts are permitted if they are knee length or longer.  Scrubs are permitted if they are khaki, navy, or black.

Returning Volunteers

If you are returning from a leave of absence, we will need to do a few things to get you volunteering again:

  • Complete your retraining if it has expired
  • Stop in to Family and Volunteer Services to get your card key activated and reprinted if you have returned it
  • Chat with us about your availability and interests so we can get you scheduled in an assignment.
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700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000