Nursing students take the scare out of care

For a small child, a visit to a hospital or a clinic can be a scary experience. In an effort to ease those fears, Parkland College partnered with the Yorkton Nursery School Cooperative (YNSC) on a fun event called the Teddy Bear Clinic.

On Feb. 11 and 12, students enrolled in the University of Saskatchewan Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Parkland College visited the three- and four-year-olds at YNSC. The children brought their favourite teddy bear or stuffed animal to the nursery school, and the nursing students helped the kids through a “hospital” with several different stations. The children were able to listen to their stuffie’s heartbeat, take vitals, use an otoscope to check the toy’s ears and eyes, and even apply dressings to imaginary wounds.

Nursing student Jesslyn Schigol helps a boy use an otoscope to check the ears of his stuffed moose.

“The goal of the Teddy Bear Clinic is to alleviate fears in children when going to the hospital by exposing them to equipment and nursing students in a fun and safe manner,” said Tracy Gabriel, a Registered Nurse and BSN instructor.

Nursing students Emily Ksyniuk and Shelby Hershmiller (right) help a boy assess the health of his stuffed moose.

The benefit also extends to the third-year nursing students. This exercise is part of their pediatrics clinical rotation, in which they have the opportunity to assess children and observe health growth and development.

Nursing students Jessica Funk and Eric McDowell explain the recommended treatment plan for a boy's teddy bear.

In partnership with the U of S College of Nursing and Sunrise Health Region, Parkland College delivers the BSN degree in Yorkton. Students can take all four years of the program through Parkland College. Graduates are eligible to write a licensure exam to become a registered nurse.

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