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Fox Chase Cancer Center Nurses Welcome Girl Scouts; Young Women Encouraged to Examine Career Options in Healthcare

PHILADELPHIA (November 1, 2002) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center, 7701 Burholme Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa., will host 50 Junior Girl Scouts from Northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery County on Saturday, November 16, 2002 from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The young ladies are seeking to fulfill requirements needed to receive the new Nursing Exploration patch. The visit includes a demonstration of technologies used in the operating room, a panel discussion, information about hand washing and a talk on sun safety.

The Nursing Exploration patch is a new patch program for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania. It was developed in North Carolina and was introduced by Hemlock Girl Scout Council in Central Pennsylvania. The patch was created in response to the current nursing shortage in the hopes that it will help stimulate interest in the nursing profession.

The purpose of the patch is "to increase the knowledge of Girl Scouts concerning a variety of career opportunities available in the nursing profession, focusing on exploring the need for nurses, the many roles of nurses, education requirements, and resources available for those pursuing careers in nursing as well as general health or wellness information."

"Fox Chase Cancer Center nurses are proud to be a part of this program," said Mickey Mullin, RN, BSN, OCN, nursing career specialist. "Our mission at Fox Chase is to reduce the burden of cancer. While our mission defines our day to day tasks, it's the caring, competence, and compassion that make what we do different from other nursing jobs. It's important that the Girl Scouts realize the extraordinary opportunities that a nursing career can provide."

The program is being offered to Junior Girl Scouts, which includes those girls who are in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. Nurses will lead the girls through a variety of activities and talk one-on-one about their work at Fox Chase Cancer Center. By attending this fun-filled, educational day, the Girl Scouts have the ability to complete four of the five requirements needed to earn the patch.

"We feel it is important to nurture our youth and to encourage them to consider healthcare professions especially as we experience a continual nursing shortage and an increase in the aging population over the next few decades," added Mullin.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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