Travel nursing jobs leader, Aureus Medical, shares how to make shots less scary for kids

Omaha, NE, (September 10, 2014) - Although giving shots is routine practice for travel nursing specialists, many children who receive them have a frightening experience. Aureus Medical Group, a nationwide leader in healthcare staffing, shares some tricks to make shots less scary for kids.

A majority of kids have long had a phobia of needles. Luckily, there are ways to make everyone's lives easier. Check out these tricks that travel nursing specialists can use to make shots less scary for kids:

1. Explain how shots help them
Before administering the shot, explain to children (with the needle out of sight) in an age-appropriate way that shots are meant to protect their health. The body cannot fight germs on its own - it needs some help. Keep the conversation positive.

"Children need to know that vaccines aren't a punishment or something negative, vaccines are something that keeps them from getting sick," Rita John, director of the pediatric primary care nurse practitioner program at Columbia University School of Nursing in New York City, said in a statement. "The best way to talk about vaccines is to keep the conversation positive and focused on the benefits of vaccination."

2. Provide toys
You can consider putting a toy medical kit in the waiting room, so toddlers and preschoolers can play with it and pretend to give shots to their parents or a doll.

3. Use a numbing cream or spray
For the shot, a travel nurse can use a numbing cream or spray to reduce the pain caused by the needle.

"If the kids think something is going to reduce their pain, there can be a placebo effect where the technique works because they expect it to work," John explained.

Read the full article for more tricks.

About Aureus Medical Group:

Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide.  With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire.  Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.