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Girl Scouts receive “top” honors at Nursing Discovery Program

Nurse reminisces about Girl Scout experience, creates dozens of hats for participants

(April 16, 2012) – It's no surprise that Girl Scouts and nurses have many things in common. Both are known to make a girlscouts nursing discoverydifference in the lives of those they serve and both equip women to be leaders in their communities. For more than five years, Cecilia Pangandoyon, RN, a nurse at Ben Taub General Hospital, has created dozens of nurses' caps for Girl Scouts aspiring to join the nursing profession during the Harris County Hospital District's annual Nursing Discovery Program. The event precedes National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

"I was recruited several years ago to join the hospital district's Nurses Week Committee and to make caps for the nurses for Nurses' Day," said Cecilia. "During that time I was also asked to make 65 caps for the Girl Scouts for the Nursing Discovery Program."

Since the program's inception, Cecilia has made more than 500 caps using 17x11 inch paper donated by a local printer. She adorns the caps with a stitch (where hair pins are placed) and adds a heart and a pearl, her signature touches. The Girl Scouts receive their caps during a special pinning ceremony, where the staff nurses participating in the program present a program certificate to the girls and append a nursing pin to their tops.

Cecilia, who learned to make nursing caps as a student in the Philippines, was also a Girl Scout Brownie, and often reminisces about her childhood experience.

"It feels good to be able to use my skills in making the caps to support the Girl Scouts and their journey to be becoming a nurse in the future," said Cecilia.

As part of the Nursing Discovery Program, girls learn how to take vital signs, including pulse, blood pressure and temperature. There are also discussions on current health issues, ethics and standards as well as challenges facing the nursing profession.

"Nursing is a calling, and a profession of passion that requires ongoing learning in order to serve our communities," said Linda Keenan, chief nursing officer and associate administrator, Ambulatory Care Services, Harris County Hospital District. "How better to serve our communities than to promote this caring profession to the future career women in America, and those wishing to learn more about this rewarding career on Discovery Day."

Although nurses in many countries do not wear head caps anymore, the nursing cap has become a symbol of the profession and the pinning ceremony is considered a right of passage for those entering the profession.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. 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 76,000 girls served and nearly 18,000 adult members in 26 southeast Texas counties.

About the Harris County Hospital District:
The Harris County Hospital District ( is the community-owned healthcare system for the nation's third most-populous county, and offers inpatient and outpatient healthcare in more than 40 locations. Harris County Hospital District has been named among the Best Hospitals in the region by U.S. News & World Report and is the recipient of the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance designation for its network of patient-centered medical homes. The hospital district is staffed by faculty and residents from nationally ranked medical schools, Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).


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