Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Introducing kids to Allied Health and Nursing professions while they're still young

At the IACTE Conference a few weeks ago, I met one of the creators of the Paige and Paxton series. For those of you who aren't familiar with the books, they're a way to introduce young minds to STEM fields using fun books, activities and puzzles.

The whole concept got me thinking. We always seem to have a nursing shortage so wouldn't it be great if we could apply the same concept and start introducing kids to Allied Health professions while they're still developing their thoughts and opinions?

Here are some resources I found that might help introduce young minds in your schools district (or in your family) to Health Occupations while they're still young.

I Want To Be A Nurse: This book has realistic photos so it isn't as whimsical as my usual favorites when it comes to children's books. However, it paints a picture of nurses' responsibilities in an easy to understand way that prompts questions and discussion throughout the book. One thing I love about this book is the nurses aren't just females - it depicts both genders donning scrubs!

Nurse Nancy: This is an oldie but a goodie. The book was written in the 50s but it has a great child-centric story during which Nancy tries to play nurse with her older brothers. They continually refuse until one of them needs a real-life band aid and Nancy is there to help. I think this has a great message for kids regarding the healing nature of the nursing profession.

Bright Hub Education: On the Nurse & Doctor page, this site gives a ton of book suggestions, activities and more to introduce children to nursing and medical professions.

Can anyone else think of good ways to help introduce children to Nursing and Allied Health professions?