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No One Dies Alone (NODA) is a program that offers companionship and support to patients who are nearing death. NODA volunteers provide compassionate presence to individuals who have no family or close friends to sit with them at the end of life. At Johns Hopkins, many unaccompanied deaths occur each year in the hospital. Through this program, we can provide a compassionate presence for patients. NODA is administered jointly through Department of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy and each hospital’s volunteer office.
Johns Hopkins employees wishing to volunteer with NODA should refer to the links below. Most volunteer training can be completed online, followed by an orientation and specialized NODA session where volunteers can learn what to expect during a vigil.
- Sign up to volunteer at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
- Sign up to volunteer at Suburban Hospital (login available to Suburban employees only).
Once your training is complete, you will be issued a volunteer badge and be placed on the notification list when a new patient is accepting vigils. You can determine your own notification preference for email, text message or both. Most campuses have a self-schedule feature where you can sign up for a vigil when you are available.
Chaplains are available to you for support if needed. More information can be found at noda.jhu.edu.
Through the Conely grant and the COVID-19 relief fund, the Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Department was able to develop and implement the This is My Story (TIMS) Project.
This document includes background information, best practices, structured interview themes, sample script, referral process, call outcomes and associated data collected.
If you would like to discuss this process or for more information, please contact Elizabeth Tracey at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are looking into using this method at your institute, we would like to discuss some lessons learned and set up a collaboration agreement for data exchange.