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5 min play for nurses

This week I would like you all to respond to this problem raised by a lecturer working with first year nurses specializing in working with children. As children's wards have playworkers employed to play/ interact with the children admitted to wards, it has become less of a priority for nurses to play with their patients and nurses time is increasingly taken up with other responsibilities.

However the nursing team would like to work with MA creative education to see if we can come up with play resources or practical ideas for activities that that nurses can use when working on the wards.

To start this off I would like both cohort one and two to post ideas on how to engage bed bound patients ( under 16 ) on short play activities,  this may be practical games or resources nurses can use, for example hand puppets! I am interested in inventive solutions!


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Oct 14, 2011 : creative-education Says:

How about games that you might play with a child on a long car journey (ie when they are confined to a small space) 1. Playdough/salt dough animal competitions 2. A hospital version of collecting different coloured cars - so everyone is given a different colour i.e.blue and you have to count the blue things you can see in the room including the blue things/clothes that people bring into a room 3. Eyespy 4. Memory game 1. I went to hospital and I took a .....teddy (next person) I went to hospital and I took a .....teddy and some red pyjamas 5. Memory game 2. Objects on a tray

Oct 14, 2011 : Annaglipter Says:

A starting point could be the interests of both nursing staff and children. TV/Sport/Food/Music, etc. Things that make connections between people and could stimulate ideas for the next bit. For example: make something, share something, teach/learn something - appropriate to needs/interests of each person or group. People could take turns to work on short or longer term projects. As Sam said, puppets are lovely. Story-making and telling: for or by a particular group. Fantasy games - based on super powers? Transformer beds.....with drawings. Observation exercises - to make being confined to bed more interesting.... World of Ward craft..... Exercise/dance/acting - in bed. They could have contributions to a ward magazine, making up quizzes, info about pets...my favourite place.... Lots of things. It would be good to visit the ward and chat to staff. Annie

Oct 31, 2011 : creative-education Says:

I have left this blog until the last minute because as Csikszentmihalyi states: 'A major constraint on people enjoying what they are doing is always being conscious of a fear of how they appear to others and what others might think' I'm finding it hard to sum up in a descriptive paragraph how my creative processes work - it's as though somewhere between my thoughts and writing it down for others to see an inner filter takes out what I think sounds stupid. That 'flow' is interrupted. A state of flow for me, is achieved in a more physical, spontateous way - whether this be talking as an individual which allows me to express the creative process as it happens or has happened in a more 'unedited' way, or in group situations. i.e. With work colleagues, pupils or university peers, when through discussion a 'collective' state of flow is created. This collective flow is particularly valuable obviously in teaching situations right across the curriculum, where I find encouraging children to share ideas and thoughts triggers and inspires them to express themselves and to 'have a go' - they then experience a state of flow as individuals. I personally achieve a sense a heightened sense of creativity when engaged in a practical activity, whether it be for pleasure or as part of work - I'm less inhibited to experiment, make mistakes and amend - drawing on past experiences, exploring new ideas and being inspired by others - and time flies! Again I find applying this approach in the classroom, allowing the children 'optimal experiences' tends to make them less self-conscious to try out and share ideas - and possibly make mistakes! - from which they can learn. Alison

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