Volunteer Opportunities in Community Outreach for RNs and Clinicians

Trauma Nurses Give Back

Through sharing their clinical expertise in trauma medicine and injury prevention, UC San Diego Trauma and Emergency Nurses, Physicians, Social workers and Health Educators enhance our targeted community outreach initiatives. CCRN, Certified Critical Care Nurses, are also able to use educational hours as continuing education toward CCRN Renewals.

UC San Diego’s Fiftieth Anniversary, Green Open House – Sat., April 16, 2011

Kicking off Earth Week, UC San Diego’s University campus in La Jolla hosted this free multi-media event and celebration with fun for the entire family. Trauma Nurses from the Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Burns, provided injury prevention education regarding distracted and impaired driving, and demonstrated the Division’s state-of-the-art, computerized, life size trauma medicine training manikin. Adults and children were fascinated at the manikin’s capability to display various symptoms of trauma and injury; and several people verbally renewed their commitment to always wear their seat belts whether driving or riding, and to refrain from texting and using cell phones while driving.

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2012 Opportunities include:

Report to the Community– Premiere of Home Safety Makeover Day – June 7, 2012

A media event and report to the community on the status of traumatic injury for children, teens, adults and seniors held at Ultra Star Cinema at Hazard Center in Mission Valley. 

Home Safety Makeover in A Day, a professionally produced video featuring Dr. Coimbra, Dr. Potenza, and other injury prevention experts, was conceptualized and developed by the Trauma Research and Education Foundation (TREF) and SafeKids San Diego. The 22 minute video is formatted for television, MD office, clinic, group and one and one viewing and features a San Diego home and family who experienced a personal tragedy when their daughter died as a result of a dresser falling on her. The video includes home safety hazards for all ages and quick fix safety modifications, e.g. pool safety, trip and fall hazards, electrical safety, securing furniture for child safety, earthquakes, and more. Watch the video here. Email Jan Ferree, MA, Trauma and Burn Prevention Coordinator, for more information; jferree@ucsd.edu

Camp Connect 2012

UC Trauma nurses have volunteered since 2009 in activities created to bring siblings together that are living separately in foster care. Whether a Beach Day-June 2, the annual 4-day sleep away Camp in Julian - Aug 2-5, Mission Bay Yacht Club-Sept 9, or the December Holiday Event - volunteers enjoy interacting with the kids and helping these brothers and sisters to stay connected. Coordinated by SD County Child Welfare Services with essential support from United Way, and Promises2Kids. Click here to view an inspirational video about this award winning program, and click this link for information about becoming a volunteer.Click here to view an amazing video of this award winning program, and click this link for information about becoming a volunteer.

San Diego County Fair – Safe Driving Display and Education, June 2012

UCSD volunteers began participating in 2011 in this month long educational exhibit at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Held in conjunction with SD Sheriff's, the exhibit's backdrop is a crashed car donated by a SD family whose family member died as the result of impaired driving involving a teen. Nurses, Sheriff's deputies, and health educators provide targeted messages and community resources to hundreds of people that visit the exhibit each day. Includes a streaming slide presentation featuring trauma staff, pre-hospital personnel, and law enforcement. Email Jan Ferree, MA, Trauma and Burn Prevention Coordinator, for volunteer information. jferree@ucsd.edu

Safe Driving is No Accident - September 29, 2012

Join volunteers from Trauma Centers, law enforcement, MADD, and social service agencies for this collaborative event to promote safe driving for teens through older adults. Injuries from motor vehicle crashes bring more people of all ages into our trauma centers and ED, than all other injuries. This year's safe driving event will partner with Touch-a Truck and the parking lot at Qualcomm Stadium will be transformed with hundreds of vehicles of all types for kids, teens, tweens, parents, and grandparents to climb aboard! Distributed throughout will be a distracted driving course, and stations to learn about vehicle safety. Included will be gourmet food trucks, live music and entertainment. Email Jan Ferree, MA, Trauma and Burn Prevention Coordinator, to be added to the distribution list for volunteers. jferree@ucsd.edu

SD Science Alliance High Tech Fair – February 12 & 13, 2013

For the second year, UC San Diego Trauma and ED nurses, sheriff's deputies, and safe driving experts will enlighten over 3000 7th-12th grade students and teachers about the science of injury prevention. Local organizations provide interactive experiences for students to see real life applications of classroom learning with pre and post event assignments. UC San Diego partners with the SD Sheriff's Department and DriveCam to educate students on the impact of a vehicle traffic collision on the body. Sheriffs will bring a crashed car donated by SD family whose family member was killed as a result of impaired driving involving a teen. UC San Diego displays the life-size computerize training MetiMan and discusses traumatic injuries and medical advancements, and DriveCam show in-cab videos related to crash forces and how targeted feedback can improve driving.