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Pfeiffer students share nursing profession with next generation of health professionals

daycare_bj2Research reveals that perceptions of careers develop at an early age. To positively influence the next generation of potential health professionals, several groups of students from the Department of Nursing at Pfeiffer University visited some of Stanly County's youngest citizens recently to share information about the profession of nursing.

Pre-nursing students from Pfeiffer's Introduction to Professional Nursing and Healthcare Technology class recently visited three childcare centers to talk to the preschoolers about nursing.  Students made stops at All Star Learning Center in New London and Sweet Home Child Development Center and Little Friends, both in Albemarle. 

“This semester we have covered the history of nursing, theoretical foundations, and the roles and behaviors of the professional nurse,” explained Dr. Dianne Daniels, assistant professor of nursing and chair of the Department of Nursing at Pfeiffer. “Much of what children learn, unfortunately, is picked up from TV shows or from their own limited contact with healthcare professionals. In class, we discussed the image and public perception of the professional nurse and how negative or erroneous views of the profession might discourage young people from choosing nursing as a career.”

The students discussed with the preschoolers who can become a nurse, what nurses do and the tools that nurses commonly use.  Preschoolers even practiced using a few of these instruments such as a reflex hammer and a stethoscope to listen to their hearts. Each child was given a "You can be a nurse" coloring book to take home.

Daniels said she hopes the visits to the preschoolers will spark an interest in nursing as a profession for the next generation. But, more importantly, Daniels goal is to reach out to the community.

“My hope is to dispel some stereotypes and myths about nursing such as the idea that nurses only work in hospitals, that nurses work for doctors, or that only women are nurses,” Daniels said. “Another motivation for reaching out to the community is related to the lack of diversity in our profession—ethnicity and gender. Currently, our nursing workforce does not mirror the general population and most experts agree that the public's healthcare needs cannot be fully met until the profession of nursing reaches a more equal diverse labor force.”

For information about Pfeiffer's nursing program, please contact Dr. Dianne Daniels at
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