Nursing Education Opportunities
in Mississippi - 2008 <more..>
CAREERS CENTER Presents....
Mississippi Scout and Youth Groups Nursing Exploration Patch
The aging of America's baby boomers, and the increased demand for nurses
in specialized areas of care have combined to create a serious need for
nurses. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services predicts a
shortfall of 635,000 to 1,754,000 nurses by 2020. The result is that the
future for nurses has never looked brighter! Nursing is a profession that
involves the use of your intelligence, skill and compassion to make a
difference in peoples' lives. Completing this interest project will
increase your knowledge of the variety of career opportunities available
in nursing and will increase your awareness of the growing need for
nurses. Books, magazines, videos, Internet sites, nursing professionals,
nursing schools, and nursing organizations are available as resources for
To increase the knowledge of youth concerning the variety of career
opportunities available in the nursing profession, focusing on exploring
the need for nurses, the many roles of nurses, education requirements,
resources available for those pursuing careers in nursing as well as
general health and wellness information.
To earn this patch individuals will complete at least one activity in each
1) Shadow a Nurse - Contact your local hospital, doctor's office, health
clinic, school nurse, camp nurse or any nurse you know, and ask if you can
shadow them for a day or half day - whatever their schedule allows.
Document all the activities you observe. Answer the following questions:
1. What roles does the nurse perform?
2. How does the nurse incorporate science and math into his or her roles?
3. What kind of leadership, organizational, or decision-making skills does
the nurse use in her/his position?
4. Would you want to work as a nurse? Why or Why not?
2) Research Nursing Programs - Research the various types of nursing
programs offered in Mississippi, the types of degrees offered, and the
entrance requirements. After finding this information, decide what school
you would attend and what classes and/or other requirements you would need
to get accepted into the school.
3) Do Research on a Famous Nurse - Have the students break up into groups
to conduct research on a famous nurse, focusing on who the nurse was, what
contributions she/he made to nursing and society, and how she/he
influenced new ideas about health care delivery.
4) Visit a Nursing School - Interview a Nursing Student, or a Nursing
Instructor. Ask for a tour of the facility. Document your observations.
5) Research Nursing Scholarships - Investigate scholarships available for
students interested in attending Nursing School. What are the
requirements? Who's eligible? Are there more scholarships offered for
specialized areas of study? Do scholarships differ depending on the type
of degree you are seeking or the type of school you attend? Document your
6) Explore Nursing Variety - Visit these websites:
http://www.nursesource.org, and identify at least five settings nurses
can work; five areas of practice nurses can specialize in; and three
different patient populations nurses can work with.
1) Proper hand-washing technique - Visit the website:
learn the importance of proper hand-washing in general and in the
healthcare setting. Design an activity to teach younger students how to
properly wash their hands (i.e. have the students rub glitter on their
hands and then wash them to see how well they can get the glitter off
their hands). Have older students design a research project that could be
performed to measure the impact of hand washing behavior change.
2) Create Information on Health Promotion or Safety- Design a poster,
storyboard or videotape depicting the importance of a healthy lifestyle
and/or healthy behaviors - Design a poster of the basic food groups and
the recommended serving for each group, not smoking, weight control,
immunizations, seat-belt use, or helmet-use or conduct an activity at a
school or in the community that emphasizes health promotion or safety,
such as a bike rode.
3) Create Information on an Illness or Condition - Put together a short
information guide on a particular disease, condition, or illness, such as
asthma, diabetes, cancer, depression that could be shared with a patient
or family. The emphasis should be on where to find additional information
about the disease, condition or illness and what resources exist in the
community to help persons and families with the disease, illness or
condition learn more or get support.
4) Investigate Teen Drug Abuse - Design a storyboard or story about the
effects of drugs on the body.
5) Learn How a Body System Works - As an individual or a group, select a
body system and understand how that body system works. Use a nurse, health
educator or other health care provider to help in gaining that
6) Visit a Health Club or Recreation Center - Visit a YMCA, Boys & Girls
Club or Health Club. Speak to a personal trainer. Ask how exercise
contributes to health. Investigate various sports and sports medicine.
Teach a friend or family member how to perform exercises you have learned
or develop an exercise program for yourself and document what you did each
day in a diary and how you felt after doing the exercise.
1) Earn your CPR certification - CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
Visit the American Heart Association website at:
www.americanheart.org to find a Basic Life Support Heartsaver Course
(or any CPR course) near you. This is an entry-level course that offers
guidelines for one-rescuer adult, child, and infant cardiopulmonary
2) Earn First Aid certification - This course is usually offered through
the American Red Cross. Visit the Mississippi Red Cross website at:
www.mississippi-redcross.org/centralms/ to find your local Red Cross.
3) Attend Babysitting "How To" Workshop - The Babysitter's Training course
provides youths ages 11-15, with the information and skills necessary to
provide safe and responsible care for children in the absence of parents
or guardians. This course is usually offered through your local Red Cross.
1) Participate in a Community Health Project - (Cancer Walk, Blood Drives,
Diabetes, Heart, Breast Cancer Walks, Screening, etc.). Find ways to
participate, other than raising money. Help with registration, offer
water, provide sun protection, etc. Write a brief statement of how the
Health Project helped the community as well as what you learned about the
illness/condition and how it impacts those who are coping with the
2) Volunteer four (4) hours in a health care facility - Volunteer your
time in a doctor's office, health clinic, hospital, retirement or nursing
center. Document your observations.
3) Do a project for a health care facility - Contact a doctor's office,
health clinic, hospital, retirement or nursing center to find out what
project might be done to meet a need in that organization. Examples might
be collecting magazines for offices or residents, donating and taping
books for use by the elderly or pediatric patients, collecting toys for
donation to a pediatric unit, designing a "boredom" box with activities
for patients who are hospitalized, decorating a nursing home unit for a
holiday event, planning a special event for the residents of a nursing
1) Learn about Equipment and Supplies Used by Nurses - Nurses use lots of
different equipment and supplies in caring for patients. Get a nurse to
tell you about this equipment, how it works, and when it's used. For some
equipment - such as pulse oximeters, dopplers, stethoscopes, thermometers,
glucose monitors, students may also have an opportunity to practice with
Special Thanks go to the NC Association of Nursing Students, the NC Center
for Nursing and the NC Nurses Association for development and
implementation of the Nursing Exploration Patch Program.
For additional information contact:
MHA Health Careers Center
116 Woodgreen Crossing (39110)
P.O. Box 1909
Madison, MS 39130-1909
Telephone: (601) 368-3263
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