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About 200 eastern North Carolina Scouts to "Scout Out Nursing" at College of Nursing

GREENVILLE, N.C.   (Mar. 25, 2009)   —   Close to 200 eastern North Carolina Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are expected to attend "Scout Out Nursing" on Saturday, March 28, in the East Carolina University College of Nursing.

The event, which will be held noon-3 p.m., is aimed at introducing the nursing profession to girls, boys, and young women and men. It is sponsored by the ECU Beta Nu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society for nursing.

Scouts aged 5-17 will join in games, crafts, first aid and exercises to identify heart and lung sounds with ECU's simulation mannequins. Scouts also will learn about the history of nursing. High school participants will have the opportunity to talk to ECU nursing students and discuss admission requirements. Scouts will earn a patch or badge for their participation in the event.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing encourages educators to promote nursing to youngsters as early as possible. AACN predicts all 50 states will experience nursing shortages by 2015. Nursing schools across the state and ECU are working to meet a University of North Carolina Board of Governors mandate to double the number of nursing graduates by 2010. ECU is the largest producer of new nursing graduates in the state.  

For more information, contact Gina Woody at (252) 744-6399 or

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at (252) 328-6799 (V) or (252) 328-0899 (TTY).


Contact: Crystal Baity | 252-744-3764