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Monday, October 29, 2007

Halloween Safety For Our Ghosts, Goblins, Princes, and Princesses

Halloween safety is a must and to help prepare families in the Portland Metropolitan area, the Portland Community College Chapter of the National Student Nurses Association hosted their first "Haunted Hospital". The student nurses had two goals: first, for children to learn a bit more about their own bodies and how they work; and second, to provide their parents with some tips for Halloween safety.

Although this is difficult to read, this is the handout that every adult who accompanied their child through the Haunted Hospital received. The students felt it was important that the information be written in easy to understand language, using these evidence-based practices to simplify their educational tool.

Use short words with only one or two syllables.
Spell words out rather than using abbreviations or acronyms.
Organize information Into chunks that improve recall and include no more than 7 items
Keep sentences short. (Bastable, 2003)

Bastable, S.B. (2003). Nurse as educator: , Principles of teaching and learning for nursing practice (2nd ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Barlett Publishers.
(*Bastable is one of the recommended textbooks for use in preparing for
the Certified Nurse Educator exam offered by the NLN)

Here is what students summarized as the important points for parents with trick or treaters to remember:

Visible outfit.
Street safety.
Never alone.
Safe attire.
Inspect candy.

Prevention and health promotion, that is what the National Nurse campaign is all about. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, October 29, 2007  

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Anonymous Anonymous 
Kudos! Very informative article, keep up the good work!
This blog will be one of the many that I visit everyday.

Best of luck,