How to Teach Young Children About Nursing

Nurse products for kids

Nurse Nicole visits Stuffy Bear Factory at Chesterfield Town Center, VA.

Goal:
Explore fun and creative methods to teach young children about the profession of nursing.

Objectives:
1. Develop products to introduce nursing as a future career choice to young children.
2. Display products to introduce nursing as a future career option for young children.

Nurse product line:

The nursing shortage has drawn attention to the need to encourage young children to choose nursing as a future career goal. The Adventures of Nurse Nicole is designed to help young children become aware of nursing. Helps children develop skills that are needed to become a nurse. The products will focus on the current realities related to what nurses do in the nursing profession. The tools developed are age-specific such as books titled, “N is for Nurse & Wash Your Hands.” In addition, another tool is an age-specific animated DVD titled, “Battle of the Germs.” Other items available are bears and t-shirts for children. The information reviewed in the books and DVD was used by a nurse to create teaching materials for children.

Free nursing gifts are available on site when Nurse Nicole visits Stuffy Bear factory at Chesterfield Town Center, VA or visit the website http://www.nursenciole.co

Happy Holiday Season,

Nicole M. Brown, RN aka Nurse Nicole

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December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

890ba36f0b9adafef5fb4ad2f981a6eaThe mother of small children generally cringes whenever some well-meaning relative or family friend gives their child or children toys with sharp edges and what looks like a million small pieces for Christmas. I would cringe. Those small pieces and sharp edges could easily end up lodged in a foot, an eye or some other body part that leads to infection and/or a trip to the emergency room.

Prevent Blindness America has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Month. This is scary:

“According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries in 2010 throughout the United States.  72% were to people less than 15 years of age. Additionally, in 2007 alone, toymakers recalled over 19 million toys worldwide because of safety concerns such as lead paint and small magnets.” [Read the rest here.]

Here are some tips to assist you in shopping for children, yours or someone else’s.

  • Read all warnings and instructions on the box before purchasing or before allowing your children to play with the gift if from someone other than you.
  • If shopping for other people’s children, ask them what is appropriate for the child first. Parents know their children and know the toys better than anyone.
  • Avoid toys that shoot or have parts that can fly off.
  • Make sure the construction of a toy is such that it will not break into tiny shards or sharp pieces if broken.
  • Think long and hard about toys with cords and strings that can choke.

Prevent Blindness America has two great tip sheets you can download for more information and that can assist you in your holiday shopping: Facts About Toy Injuries and Tips for Choosing Safe Toys.

It is best to be safe than sorry.

Books by Nicole M. Brown

The Adventures of Nurse Nicole: N is for Nurse

The Adventures of Nurse Nicole: N is for Nurse

The Adventures of Nurse Nicole: Wash Hands

The Adventures of Nurse Nicole: Wash Hands

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