Nursing students reach out in Health and Safety Fair

BU Nursing students teach students and parents how to safely restrain children in vehicles to prevent injury.

December 16, 2010

At the St. Mark School Health and Safety Fair, Bradley nursing students refined their skills as health educators with groups of elementary school children from kindergarten through grade five. Juniors in the Nursing 308 “Care of Children” course organize the fair every year as a class project. The 65 nursing students worked in groups to set up informational stations on topics ranging from fire safety to nutrition to how to use 911.

The Bradley groups organized instructional activities and games and adapted their presentations and information to the various ages of each group of children. The children received prizes and small gifts, such as toothbrushes and bookmarks with information on 911. The nursing students familiarized the participants with medical tools and equipment that can be intimidating for children, such as stethoscopes, in an effort to ease apprehensions about nurses, doctors and dentists.

Principal Jimmie Moore and several teachers accompanied over 100 St. Mark students to the fair.

“[The children] were very excited,” said nursing professor Amanda Lambie, who teaches the course. “They got excellent information on health and safety, presented in a way that was fun and that they could understand.”

Junior Rachel Downs worked in the group assigned to Fire Safety. The group taught children how to crawl under smoke, prevent fires in their home, and stop, drop, and roll. The group was assisted by a Chillicothe volunteer firefighter.

“I really enjoyed teaching the kids, but the best part was seeing them with the firefighter. They were all so amazed by him,” said Downs. “The kids were great and the other nursing students did a great job teaching the kids.”

Teachers and children from St. Mark reacted very positively to the event. A number of teachers commended the nursing students on their dedication and the quality of their booths, and the principal has already requested a repeat event for next year. The children even made thank-you cards for the Bradley students.

“When [the nursing students] received the thank-you cards, they really understood that they had made a difference,” said Lambie.