Children offered a peek into the OR

Children offered a peek into the OR

Suiting up in scrubs and walking through the double doors of the operating room on a recent Sunday were pint-sized versions of health professionals eager to learn more about working in a hospital.

Kids got a rare opportunity to see what their moms and dads do in the operating room during an annual open house.

The Perioperative Professional Nurse Council hosted children and their relatives who work at Christiana Care — more than 330 people in all — for an open house Sept. 28. Perioperative nurses took the visitors on a behind-the-scenes tour of the OR and for a peek at the work of perioperative staff who care for patients undergoing surgery.

With games and hands-on activities like “operating” on pieces of fruit, learning to place a breathing tube in a mannequin and even taking a ride on an air-transfer mattress, “the kids had a great time learning about what goes on in the operating room,” said Perioperative Professional Nurse Council Chair Jessica Donnelly, RN, of Wilmington Hospital’s Post- Anesthesia Care Unit. While nursing school may be a decade or so away for many of the day’s visitors, Donnelly said: “I hope we planted a seed about what their parents do at work all day and the possibilities for their own futures.”