The School of Nursing at Palm Beach Atlantic University will host middle or high school students Friday, Nov. 12, for South Florida's annual Day in the Life of a Nurse™.
More than 1,000 students in South Florida are expected to participate in the activity at a local hospital or nursing school. The event, sponsored by the Nursing Consortium of South Florida, is aimed at increasing interest in nursing careers in an effort to relieve the nursing shortage.
Dr. Joanne Masella, dean of the School of Nursing at Palm Beach Atlantic, said that the event, which includes a variety of hands on activities in the nursing experiential laboratory on campus, is useful for both the youngsters and the nursing students.
"The younger students gravitate to the nursing students, who are closer to their own ages than those of us who have had nursing careers in the field or in education," Dr. Masella said. "We tell them all about careers in nursing and we allow them to play around with the instructional mannequins, taking their blood pressure and pulse. We let them have fun and learn."