Breakthrough to Nursing

Joining OhSNA has been the most impactful and meaningful part of my undergraduate nursing career thus far. Although I came in just before national convention, I was able to meet so many incredible people and brainstorm some serious projects for this upcoming year.  

On March 9th, Christine and I held our very 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, I 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.

I hope to have Scrubs Camps continue this upcoming year, and I have materials that can be dispersed to other schools who would like to host a camp. I 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. I also aim to accomplish some interprofessional and charitable partnerships that can be connected through education and awareness outreach.

This year has been amazing. I have grown so much in both my professional and personal life, and I hope that I can continue to improve and better serve my position as BTN Director. As always, we continue to strive to make our profession as diverse and knowledgeable as the patients we serve.

Kaitlyn Cantu