Last March Breakthrough to Nursing held their first Scrubs Camp in the state of Ohio. We taught a group of about 25 fourth grade students about the opportunities available within the nursing profession, what it means to us, and allowed them to listen to their own bodies using stethoscopes, put on sterile gloves, and experiment with multiple other tools nurses commonly use- such as gauze, irrigation kits, Foley catheters, surgical caps, and masks!
Again on April 19th, We hosted the second Scrubs Camp for a group of 3rd through 5th graders involved in Case’s chapter of Big Brothers, Big Sisters, with the help of a few fellow undergraduate nurses. The students cycled through the same stations as described above, and told many stories of their loved ones who work as nurses or who have spent time in the hospital. It is incredible to see such young children so wide-eyed at the thought of one day becoming a nurse.
We hope to have Scrubs Camps continue this year and have materials that can be dispersed to other schools who would like to host a camp. We also hope to begin incorporating personal stories from different diverse students onto our social media pages, and increasing awareness of how different minority students can be better supported. BTN also aims to accomplish some inter-professional and charitable partnerships that can be connected through education and awareness outreach.