Treasure Hunters Badges
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Read about the history of nursing. What influences did Clara Barton and
Florence Nightingale have on nursing? Share what you learned with
younger girls through a skit, display in a public place, story tape, puppet
show or other means.
Find out what the following terms mean and discuss with the members
of your troop/group: malpractice; universal precautions; ethics; artificial
means of life support; stem cell research; cloning; euthanasia; parent
notification of pregnancy, birth control given to teens and/or abortion.
Think about what these things mean in terms of patient care. Participate
in a debate or a discussion that examines differing points of view on one
or more of these issues.
Look at some of the major health issues facing teens today. Select an
issue that interests you and do some research on it. How are health care
professionals addressing this issue? What organizations are involved
with education on or providing support for this issue? (suggestions –
Juvenile diabetes; ADHD; AIDS, Bulimia; Depression; Anorexia; STD’s;
Obesity, Domestic Violence, Date Rape).
4. Earn your First Aid and CPR certification (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
Explore your family’s health history. Include aunts, uncles, and
grandparents. Document their age, place of birth, medical conditions or
illnesses and occupation. Do you see any patterns in your family’s
medical history? Create a genogram. (research genogram on the
internet to see how it’s done.)
Investigate practices of alternative medicine, (i.e. Herbal medicine,
acupuncture, Reiki, creative imagery, acupressure, reflexology,
aromatherapy). Compare them to Western medicine. How do they
interact? Which method would you prefer for your own family?
Find out about the different nursing specialties, where nursed work and
what nurses do in these areas. Some areas would be Hospital work –
ER, OR, CCU, NICU, UR, QA, CRNA, hemodialysis, oncology, psychiatric,
geriatric or pediatric – doctor’s office work, Nursing Home, School
Nurse, Home Health, Hospice, College professor or any area not listed
that you are particularly interested in. Find out the educational
requirements for the different types of work areas. Learn the difference
between RN, LPN and CRNP.
Learn from a health care professional some of the basic skills a nurse
may perform for a patient (i.e. temperature, pulse, respirations, blood
Find out what these tests are for and how they are different: MRI, MRA,
CAT Scan, X-Rays, EKG, EEG, EMG, and PET Scan.
Learn about some of the equipment nurses use (i.e. computers, pulse
oximeters, dopplers, blood pressure cuff, IV pumps, Pyxis, monitors). Be
able to explain what each piece of equipment does and how it they are
Research and investigate what types of equipment a nurse would use for
a specific condition (i.e. asthma, heart condition, labor, broken bones).
Learn about the following and why each is important to your health as a
young woman: Mammogram, Pap Smear, Ultra Sound, CBC, STD Check,
Urinalysis and UHCG.
Visit a nursing home, hospital, doctor’s office, clinic or home health
facility. Contact the appropriate person to set up a visit. Ask to see the
types of equipment used by the nursing staff and find out the
qualifications for using each piece of equipment.
Learn about new technology in nursing and emergency response teams.
Visit a school of nursing to view human simulators and other technology
in learning labs.
Investigate the community health projects in your area (i.e. Breast
Cancer Awareness Campaigns, Multiple Sclerosis Walk, Blood Drives,
Juvenile Diabetes, March of Dimes, Relay for Life, etc). Learn about their
causes, then choose one to volunteer for. Help with registration, packing
“goody bags” to hand out the day of the race, pass out water at a walk,
recruit people to give blood, make signs or posters advertising the
event, etc. Remember, you cannot raise money (see Safety-Wise).
Volunteer in a health care facility, nursing home, clinic, hospital or
doctor’s office. Keep a journal of your experiences while volunteering
and then share something about your experiences with a younger troop
or another group.
Find out what other organizations provide service and companionship for
hospital or convalescent home residents, i.e. pet therapy, art therapy,
clubs, etc. Find out how they benefit the residents. Find out what those
organizations need to provide these services and organize a service
project for them, i.e. contact all the troops in your service unit or council
and ask each troop to donate a bag of dog food or cat food; collect art
supplies, get troops to donate holiday cards, fruit, or other gifts needed
by these organizations. Be sure to get the project approved by the
organization BEFORE you solicit help or items.
During Nurses Week (the first week of May) show how much nurses are
needed and appreciated by making and displaying posters about the
benefits of becoming a nurse. Make and deliver or mail cards to nurses
at your local hospital, clinic, hospice program or nursing home to thank
them for what they do to make people’s lives better.
Create information on health promotion or safety. Design a poster,
storyboard or videotape depicting the importance of healthy behaviors –
not smoking, weight control, immunizations, proper hand-washing, seat-
belt use, or helmet-use or conduct an activity at school, in you
community or in your service unit that emphasizes health promotion or
safety, such as a bike rodeo.
Interview a nurse who has less than five years experience and one with
more than five years experience. Keep a journal of how they answer
your questions and compare the answers. What are the benefits to
becoming a nurse? Did they face any challenges while pursuing their
education? Has nursing changed since they began their career? If they
could go back in time, would they still become a nurse? Why or why
Compare the educational requirements for LPN, RN BSN, MSN and NP.
Learn how a nurse can progress from one level to another. Do nurses
need to have continuing education (CEU’s) to maintain their licensure?
What do nurses have to do to begin practicing legally? Are there
different requirements for employment in different states? Find out
about the Division of Consumer Affairs (under which all nurses licenses
are registered). Identify 2 colleges in your area that offer a nursing
program. What high school prerequisites are needed to get into the
Look in newspapers and nursing journals for advertisements for nurses.
What salaries are advertised? Are any bonuses being offered? What kind
of hours/shifts are available? Do nurses who work in hospitals make
more or less than nurses who work in clinics or a doctor’s office?
If direct observation of a nurse is not possible or age appropriate due to
patient privacy, contact a local hospital, doctor’s office or health clinic
for a tour and observation when patients aren’t with the nurse or have a
nurse speak to your group or interview a nurse that you know. Answer
the following questions:
a. What roles does the nurse perform?
How does the nurse incorporate science and math into his or her
What kind of leadership, organizational, or decision-making skills
does the nurse use in his or her position?
d. Would you want to work as a nurse? Why or why not?
Talk with a nurse in management, such as a Nursing Supervisor or
Director of Nursing. Learn what her/his job involves and how it is
different from a “regular” nurse. What aspects of her/his job are most
satisfying? How did she/he progress to that position? What skills are
needed for this job?
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
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