A registered nurse, Seema regularly works one-on-one with students to prepare for an upcoming trip to the dentist or doctor. For some, this might just be getting familiar with going up and down in the dentist’s chair. Others might receive a mock dental exam with an electric toothbrush while listening to a YouTube video that captures the sounds of drilling, suctioning, and scraping. To give students an idea of what it’s like to have blood drawn or receive a shot, for example, she uses a mock needle.
Familiarizing students with these types of experiences requires creativity, collaboration, and thinking outside the box. For example, Seema also prepares students for tests, such as an EEG, done to monitor seizures and brain activity.
“We took a swim cap and attached mock electrodes with an attached camera bag to wear throughout the day. Some tests require you to wear it for 30-48 hours,” she explained. “We also do the same for an EKG, in which we attach mock electrodes to their chest and have them tolerate it for a certain period of time.”