Playing Registered Nurse First Assist

Photo of my daughter playing a game of Operations fully obscured by a surgical mask and cap. She is also wearing surgical gloves as a male nursing student observes her technique.

That’s my daughter partaking in a classic game of Operation in the kindergarten nursing room at her school. My wife organized one of the 75 community groups that visited for a day of exploration.

Students who thought they were playing doctor were informed they were playing Registered Nurse First Assist, a class of nurse that assists with operations. The game was the most popular activity, probably due to the real surgical mask, cap and gloves students got to use and keep. There was also a skull and spinal column craft activity, vitals monitoring using hospital equipment and viewing germs on your hands using special light.

After putting out a general call for volunteers, I noticed only women had signed up, so I asked her to seek out a male role model… who turned out to be a third semester nursing student. It’s an issue I’m keenly aware of because of the fuss mothers make over the two fathers who participate in our Parent-Teacher Organization.

See previously:  Surgery doll: Erwin the Little Patient (for the last photos on the page)


3 Responses to “Playing Registered Nurse First Assist”

  1. BloggerFather says:

    For some reason, I never minded hurting the poor guy. Maybe it was his drunk look and red nose, but I always thought a little electric shock couldn’t hurt him.

    May 26th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

  2. ararechan says:

    o that looks like great fun! I loved operation as a kid!!! Question: did you have to make sure all surgical items wera all latex free before bringing to the school (what w the latex allergies, and all?) Just curious!

    also, can you expand on the spinal column activity? What was that?

    May 26th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

  3. AJ says:

    The donated items were latex, but that’s a good point. I’ll remember it next time (the event is held every two years).

    The spinal column began with a skull drawing copied on thick cardstock and stapled to a long white pipe cleaner. Then kids fed construction paper bones through the pipe cleaner.

    My wife and I punched a total of 6,600 octagon-shaped bones using a die-cut machine (which presses six octagons at a time). A human spine is composed of 33 bones, with 4 identified regions. Bones were cut in four colors to represent the different regions. In between each bone, kids fed a single piece of macaroni to represent cartilage. Once a child made his spine, the end of the pipe cleaner was simply bent into a knob.

    The school nurse had a much simpler skull mask activity. Cut out the paper mask and attach it to your head with a pipe cleaner.

    May 26th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

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