On Saturday Feb 16, 2013, Dale Mabry Nursing students put learning into practice while making an impact in the lives of children and families dealing with the difficulties of Tourette's Syndrome.
“Most fun clinical experience I have ever had,” quotes a nursing student. The parents and camp director reported that the students were great with the children and they felt safe allowing the nursing students supervise their children.
The HCC Dale Mabry evening/weekend nursing students provided assistance with the children’s activities at the Tourette’s family weekend. Every year the Florida Tourette’s Association offers a family weekend for families with a child with Tourette’s syndrome.
A former HCC nursing graduate, Laura Foster, coordinates the children’s activities and HCC nursing students have been assisting her for the last 5 years. The students function as “counselors” for a group of children or as assistance at the activities which include crafts, archery, canoeing, climbing wall, various games & playground.
The students had completed an on-line educational activity prior to the event. The students enjoyed playing with the children and displayed great interaction skills and patience with the children. Laura and the director expressed much gratitude for the nursing students participation.
Article written by: Kathryn Smith, RN, MS; Professor of Nursing