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Friday, November 26, 2010

Your children strike fear into my very soul...

I'm pretty sure I will be a terribad peds nurse.

Today our lab focused on the immunizations clinics we will be running during our Community Health rotation in the coming term. We will be giving Hep B series to Grade 5 students.

I quiver in fear - bloodcurdling FEAR - at the thought of being THAT nurse, the one who makes your kid deathly afraid of needles and healthcare providers for the rest of his or her life, or screws them up forever, and they go on to become political leaders with personal vendettas against nurses like me.

As part of lab today we had to come up with some pre-vax teaching for the wee 10 year olds. My group of 4 had some Official Pamphlets on Hep B that was not designed for kids, and we had to present it in a kid-friendly format.

Harder than I thought.

Every time I wondered aloud as to how we could modify the content, my group said "Don't you remember what it was like when you were 10?"

The answer is no, actually, I don't. I don't have a friggin clue how actual informative speeches should be presented to children. Puppets? Skits? Fred Penner? The one thing I do remember about information presented to me at the ripe old age of 10 was that I definitely noticed, and was filled with righteous indignation, if the speaker was treating me like I was younger than 10.

But how to actually achieve that balance? Urrrgh.

The worst part was trying to explain the means of transmission. I looked at the pamphlet and it was the usual. Sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, son. I would be comfortable presenting these straight facts to people that I am reasonably confident actually KNOW what sex is about. Grade 12, sure. But Grade 5?

It's so weird too because those who know me know I am not a prude by any stretch. I am a sexually comfortable person and very open minded. But just the thought of telling these kids that they should wrap their tools put my stomach in knots. For NO reason! SO weird! I truly have no idea when these kids move from "when two people love each other very much..." to "hey, sex is fun, but watch the Rohypnol!".

Maybe it's one of those things that will make sense one day if/when I have a Grade 5 child of my very own.

Until then, they scare me. Really. Make them stop looking at me.


Zazzy Episodes said...

Oh girl it does get easier when you do have kids of your own. Some kids are very curious and others aren't interested at all. At least you knew you were uneasy going into it, rather than after you started talking about it all. It's very important to talk to these youngsters at an early age so they can try to make the right decisions. Good for you for trying.

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