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BSC Nursing Students Brighten Kids' Days with Toys and Education (w/photo)

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    Monday, March 14 2011
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu
BSC_Nursing_Students_Toy_Fair
Bluefield State College first year
Associate Degree Nursing students are
pictured with toys they collected and
donated to the Child Care Closet.

(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College first year Associate Degree Nursing students use toys to teach and then present the toys to appreciative and deserving youngsters.  According to Kelli Sarver, BSC Nursing Professor, first year nursing students hold a Toy Fair each year.

“This activity involves bringing a toy for presentation to other classmates,” Sarver explained.  “Students are required to discuss the importance of play in children and how their particular toy advances neurological development, as well as sensory, motor, and cognitive skills.”  Each student also brings a snack whose nutritional value for children is discussed.

This year, we thought we could do more and donate our items to a local charity.  “Recently, the CASE West Virginia Registered Nurses opened the Child Care Closet located in Bluefield, WV.  The Closet’s operation is supported by donations,” she continued.

Before program participants can "shop" at the facility, they are required to attend educational meetings, watch videos, and obtain “Baby Buck” points.  They are permitted to use only the educational “Baby Buck” points for purchasing baby needs at the Child Care Closet.  “This not only advances health promotion and wellness, but gives a sense of pride to the parent that they indeed did work for their purchase,” Sarver said.

Many of the RNs who run this organization are former BSC Associate Degree Nursing graduates and this activity provides a great opportunity for current students to work with those who have established their careers, according to Sarver.