USD 248 Nurse Bobbi Mahnken, PSU nursing instructors Kristi Frisbee, Julie Biermann, Annabeth Gilmore, and Sandee McChristy, and senior nursing students sponsored the Teddy Bear Gus-Clinic for RVH first and second grade students on Tuesday, March 6.

USD 248 Nurse Bobbi Mahnken, PSU nursing instructors Kristi Frisbee, Julie Biermann, Annabeth Gilmore, and Sandee McChristy, and senior nursing students sponsored the Teddy Bear Gus-Clinic for RVH first and second grade students on Tuesday, March 6.

    The Teddy Bear-Gus clinic is held to help ease fears about sickness and being treated, and students were asked to bring a stuffed animal to the clinic to use as a “patient” as they traveled through six learning stations.

    According to Mrs. Frisbee, “The Teddy Bear-Gus Clinic gives my nursing students an opportunity to provide health education, which is an important component of community nursing.”

    The clinic also fulfills teaching requirements for health and safety learning set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    For each station, senior nursing students at PSU chose topics and created posters to use as a visual guide for each presentation.

    At the first station, “Brush Your Teeth,” students learned the importance of flossing and brushing teeth, were given floss sticks to use and were able to practice on a large model of a mouth. They also viewed a poster that displayed good and bad foods for teeth.

    Second grader Madelyn Knopp said, “I liked the Brush Your Teeth station because it told us how to brush, when we should, and how long we need to.”

    The second station, “Stranger Safety,” taught students what to do if they see a stranger and gave different examples and scenarios for students to help them understand what to do if they meet a stranger.

Students were also given personal information cards to complete with their address and parents’ phone numbers to aid officials in case of emergency.

At “Fire Safety,” the third station, students discussed fire prevention methods and were asked to meet with their parents to map out an escape route in case of a fire. They also learned how to dial 911 and practiced crawling under a blanket to show how to get out of a house full of smoke.

In addition, students reviewed “stop, drop and roll,” techniques and learned about smoke alarms.

Second grader Evan Sisney said, “My favorite station was the Fire Safety station because we learned about fire and got to play a lot of games.”

At the fourth station, “Bicycle Safety,” students learned about why helmets are important and watched a stimulation of a bicycle accident with and without a helmet. Another demonstration involved nursing students dropping an egg with and without a helmet. The egg without a helmet cracked when it hit the floor, and the egg with a helmet survived the crash without injury.

Students were taught about the importance of hygiene at the fifth station, “Wash Your Hands.” While there, they learned an interactive hand-washing song to the tune of “Happy Birthday” and were taught proper hand-washing technique.

In addition, students were given lotion and a small amount of glitter to place on their hands to represent germs for the duration of the clinic. At the end of the clinic, they were able to see how many “germs” they had acquired.

At “How To Eat Fresh,” the sixth station, students learned an interactive song titled “Eating Like A Rainbow” to encourage them to eat more fruits and vegetables and played a game where they had to match a picture of a fruit or vegetable with its name. At the end of the session, nursing students distributed recipes to students to take home.

Regarding the clinic, Nurse Mahnken said, “The nursing students do an impressive job working up health and safety lessons. Our students have fun while learning.”

PSU nursing students who participated include Jennifer Blansett, Baily Bloomingdale, Jacqueline Burg, Megan Catron, Amanda Floyd, Hannah Gibbs, Sharon Hamilton, Jenae Harper, Hollie Higginbotham, Bailey Mahrt, Erin Nelson, Katie Northrup, Emily Paine, Rachel Patrick, Lauren Reno, Kristin Shillington, Megan Stahl, and Jessica Williams.

First sponsored by the Girard Medical Center and PSU, the Teddy Bear-Gus Clinic has been held at RVH for over 25 years. The clinic was completely adopted by PSU in 2009, resulting in the clinic’s presence in all nine elementary schools in Crawford County.
All supplies for the event were provided by PSU.