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Nursing students of Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) held their first ‘Teddy Bear Hospital’ recently in which 3 schools took part.

The schools that took part were Educate Together Letterkenny, Drumkeen National School and Ballyraine National School.

The focus of this initiative was on Junior and Senior Infant classes and the aim was to alleviate the fears that children often have associated with visiting a hospital.

An admission to hospital can often be a traumatic experience and frequently there is little time to prepare the child. The Dept. of Nursing and Health Studies in the LYIT has fantastic training facilities including a hospital ward-like setting which houses various medical equipment. This allowed the children to experience a healthcare environment and procedures in a fun and safe setting.

In the waiting areas, the pupils and their teddy bears and dolls were shown the hospital experiences of cartoon characters whilst waiting to be called for treatment. When they were called to the treatment areas by the student nurses the Junior pupils were encouraged to be involved in the care of their teddy bears and dolls, and this included the use of monitoring equipment, oxygen masks, bandages and injections.

On the day, the LYIT student volunteers tended to the 110 children and their teddy bears kindly accompanied by teachers and staff from the schools.

This is the first year of the Nursing Society and following the success of the Teddy Bear Hospital day it’s hoped that many more will run in the future and will be offered to Junior and Senior Infants in schools around the county.

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