The BYU College of Nursing was selected to participate in this year’s President’s Leadership Council (PLC) Family Reunion. Members of the PLC brought their children and grandchildren to campus to participate in several activities, including a stop at our Nursing Learning Center (NLC).
The PLC is a group of donors who each give $1 million or more in donations to BYU. Every two or three years they come to campus with their families to tour and learn more about a few colleges at the university. Being selected to participate meant a lot to the College of Nursing and presented a great opportunity to get to know the donors a little better.
“The goal for the Nursing Know-How Academy was to meet the donors and give everyone who came some fun, hands-on experiences so they could learn more about the nursing profession,” says Carol Kounanis, an associate director, major gifts at the College of Nursing. “We were so impressed with the turnout we had and the excitement from the kids who got to participate.”
Participants were guided through six different stations in the NLC where they learned about several aspects of nursing and health. Nursing student volunteers walked the participants through proper hand washing techniques, splint application and some hands-on interaction with our high-fidelity manikins.
Five-year-old Lily from Orem, Utah and her twin, Mia, both used a UV light and teaching gel called GloGerm to see if their hand washing technique got rid of all the germs on their hands. “I liked washing hands best because it helps you not get sick,” Lily says. “I learned to wash my hands at certain times.”
Many other participants mentioned how much they enjoyed using a stethoscope to hear a high-fidelity manikin’s heartbeat. At the end of the activity, everyone received a pin for their PLC Family Reunion lanyard and selected from a variety of College of Nursing gifts, such as sunscreen or lip balm.
Lori Collyer, Lily and Mia’s grandma, noticed how excited both her granddaughters were during the activities and is thrilled that they both want to be nurses for Halloween this year. “When they have an impression at this age it really makes a difference,” she says. “It sets things up for what they might want to go for in their future.”