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'Take Your Child to Work' Day a Hit

About 480 children attended NIH's "Take Your Child to Work Day" activities on May 28. The most popular attractions included "Elbows Off the Operating Table," a visit to the Clinical Center's surgical services suite; "Eyeing You, Brainfully Thinking, Heartfelt," participation in the dissection of mammalian organs; the public safety, and fire and crime prevention exhibits that included simulated escape from a burning building, fingerprinting, NIH badges, police dogs, and tours of NIH's new fire truck and ambulance; "Nursing on the Cutting Edge," demonstrations of how to resuscitate a baby, and how to handle wheelchairs, IV poles, oxygen masks and stethoscopes; and "What Blood Type Are You?," a hands-on blood-typing activity.

Remarked event coordinator O.H. Laster of the Office of Equal Opportunity, "Thanks to everyone who had a hand in making the day such a great success."

Business was brisk at registration, as it was conducted online for the first time. One family played a big role in computer services for the event. Shown helping customers are Nelson siblings (standing, from l) Luci, Adam (a member of the Clinical Center's information services department Web team for past 2 years, who designed and administered the registration database), and Robert. Seated are Lindsay, who designed the Take Your Child to Work Web site as an ISD contract worker, and Seth. Their mother, Lucienne Nelson, works as a nurse consultant at the CC's epidemiology service.

Fingerprinting (left) and meeting the police dog (right), were among the popular attractions hosted by NIH's Division of Public Safety.

Teddy of Amazing Clowns and Etc. and Debbie Washington of the Office of Procurement Management help youngsters sample an NIH work day.

A few future surgeons show off their dissection work during NIH's recent observance of Take Your Child to Work Day.

Photos: Ernie Branson

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