Just what the doctor ordered
Liberty Park Elementary students practice their newly acquired nursing skills from Palm Healthcare Foundation’s “Explore Nursing Camp”
Liberty Park Elementary School was recently the site of a busy health fair where patients had their blood pressure and vitals checked, and blood drawn. Only the individuals handling the typical nursing duties were children, ages 9 to 12, as part of their graduation from Palm Healthcare Foundation’s Explore Nursing Summer Camp. The children charged $1 to $2 for their services to raise funds for the new Children’s Medical Services at Palm Healthcare Pavilion and Mollie Wilmot Children’s Center.
The 64 graduates, the largest group of participants in camp history, were excited to share their new skills with the families and guests who attended the afternoon celebration. “The children have waited all summer to show off their new nursing skills,” said Mollie Rhodes of Palm Healthcare Foundation. “The idea, planning and execution of this health fair was created by the students, with little help from the instructors. The children were also proud to announce that the money they raised at the health fair will be donated to the new Children’s Medical Services at the Palm Healthcare Pavilion.”
The five-week camp, designed to educate students about the different fields of nursing, taught them the benefits of healthy living, healthy eating, exercise, and sensitivity to disabilities. As part of the program, children learned CPR, first aid, body systems and vital signs. They also explored the Trauma Hawk Unit, the FAU College of Biomedical Science’s Simulation Lab, WannaDo City, and shadowed a nurse for a day to learn about different fields of nursing and what interested them most.
“We are proud to offer this one-of-a-kind camp to children in
our community year after year,” said Rhodes. “The camp was created for children as a place to explore the nursing field and provide students with the skills to take the next steps in pursuing a nursing career. Nearly 80 percent of the children have shown an interest in pursuing a career in nursing.”
When asked about the summer program, 11-year-old Abigayle Green of Wellington said, "nursing is really cool and fun. I didn’t think it was possible to have so much fun when you were learning. I wish they could make school this fun!"
The Explore Nursing Summer Camp, as part of Palm Healthcare Foundation’s work to introduce primary school students to healthcare careers, was available at no cost to the students or their families.
For more information on the Explore Nursing Camp or Palm Healthcare Foundation, call 561-833-6333 or visit www.palmhealthcarefoundation.org.
INTENSIVE CARE: Patients get their blood pressure checked by Palm Healthcare Foundation summer campers.
Campers take care of their patients’ needs.
Excited campers share their enthusiasm with the patients.
Campers share their knowledge of CPR