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Connie Chavez Villarreal

Girl Scouts Explore Nursing Profession During Hospital Visit

Visit part of Girl Scout program aimed at providing girls leadership skills, insight about nursing

HOUSTON (May 5, 2008) – More than 70 eager Girl Scouts, ages 11 to 17, took to the halls of Ben Taub General Hospital on Saturday, May 3, to learn first-hand about the nursing profession and health issues affecting today’s youth.

The girls’ visit, during Nursing Discovery Day, was part of their work to earn the San Jacinto Council’s own Nursing Discovery Interest Project Award, the award for Cadette and Senior level Girl Scouts. The visit took place during National Nurses Week.

“Girl Scout programs provide girls with opportunities to explore interests, such as a career in one of the many avenues available in nursing, meet other girls and gain valuable leadership skills and experiences,” said Melinda Gaskill, program manager for the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council. “We’re happy to partner with the Harris County Hospital District once again for the annual Nursing Discovery Day because it provides a valuable teaching experience for our girls and opportunity for nurses to shine.”

At the hospital, the Girls Scouts’ visit was filled with educational discussions and skill-building activities, including one where girls designed artwork, and wrote and performed skits about the nursing profession and what it means to them. Together with nurses, the girls also discussed current health issues facing youth, and how these have evolved over time.

“My favorite part was learning how to take a pulse and check blood pressure,” said 13 year-old Scarlett B., who’s now considering a career in nursing. “But I also learned how nurses can make a difference in people’s lives.”

During the breakout sessions, the Girl Scouts moved into hospital exam rooms to learn how to take a pulse and check blood pressures. The girls also participated in career exploration and panel discussions where they talked about challenges facing nurses and specialty nursing areas; and learned about nursing careers in and out of hospital settings.

“Every girl’s journey in Girl Scouting varies based on their unique interests. However, the skills Girl Scouts gain today - whether it’s through the Nursing Interest Project or other Girl Scout activity - will help make the world a better place tomorrow,” said Gaskill.

Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization for girls. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 64,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.

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