Just what the doc­tor or­dered

Lib­erty Park Ele­men­tary stu­dents prac­tice their newly ac­quired nurs­ing skills from Palm Health­care Foun­da­tion’s “Ex­plore Nurs­ing Camp”

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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

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