Planting the Seed: Middle School Students (6th – 8th Grades)

planting the seed in middle school
 
Objective: Introduce the nursing profession through age-appropriate curriculum. Introduce higher education/college as an option.

Designed for: School Nurses, Teachers, and School Administrators. Presenters may utilize our Nursing Speakers’ Bureau to co-present in classroom.

Classroom Suggestions

Science

  • Chemistry, Biology, Anatomy, Physiology
  • Use science experiments to bring the science of nursing to life. Examples include:
    • Hand washing – Glow germs
    • Health related discussions – nutrition, exercise, reproduction etc.
    • Human body – focus on cells, organs or systems
  • Use tools of the trade- stethoscope, sphygmomanometer for checking blood pressures, glucometer, thermometers, acid/base (pH) etc.

Math

Use basic math & algebra to calculate medication dosages, height/weight, body-mass index (BMI), metric conversion

English/Foreign Languages

  • Importance of good writing skills (health care as a topic)
  • Vocabulary and reading comprehension
  • Medical vocabulary roots in Latin/Romance languages

History

  • Discuss the lives and influence of nurses such as Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton, Lillian Wald, Mary Eliza Mahoney, and Mary Carson Breckinridge, as well as those who acted as nurses at some point like Walt Whitman
  • Discuss the role of nurses during various wars/catastrophes

Technology

Simulation Labs

  • Arrange group visits to local Area Health Education Center (AHEC) or visits can be arranged at most nursing school’s simulation labs.
  • Find local Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
  • Find Nebraska Schools of Nursing

Suggestions for age-appropriate blogs

  • Create blog to engage students in healthcare and the nursing profession
  • School nurses create health care blog for their students
  • School nurses collaborate with students to create a blog