LAGUARDIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
                        CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
                        PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM
                         SCL 116: PEDIATRIC NURSING

                            My community outreach organization
                                        visit to:

                                       Marie Jimenez

SCL 116: Pediatric Nursing
Fall I 2007
Professor Griffiths
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                         COMMUNITY OUTREACH ASSIGNMENT

       The community outreach facility and organization for children and adolescents that I

visited on November 21, 2007 is called The Child Center of New York which has many

subdivisions and locations throughout the borough of Queens, NY. The specific location that I

visited was the South Jamaica Clinic located at 115-15 Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica, NY. I was

interested in visiting this facility because of their Intensive Outpatient Program that provides

“intensive after-school program, counseling, remediation, recreation, and parental support for

emotionally disturbed children and their families”(The Child Center of NY, 2007). In addition, I

believe that it is important that there are centers that provide services for children who have

emotional and behavioral problems because children with these problems need support and

guidance in order to reach their full potential.

                         PURPOSE & HISTORY OF THE FACILITY

       Formerly called, “The Queens Guidance Center”, The Child Center of NY is a non-profit

organization that formed in 1953. According to the center’s mission statement, their vision for

children is for them to “grow up to feel loved, secure and self-confident; to succeed in school and

later work; and to have the sensitivity to be effective citizens of the world community”(The

Child Center of NY, 2007).

                              DESCRIPTION OF THE FACILITY

       During my visit to the South Jamaica Clinic, I found out that this facility targets children

and adolescents ranging from 3 to 17 years of age. I learned that this facility offers different

types of services, but mainly providing one to one counseling. However, I was intrigued that this

facility also provides play therapy. According to Leifer, play therapy “is used for the child under

stress. A well-equipped playroom is provided…[where] the therapist obtains a better
understanding of the patient’s struggles, fears, resentments, and feelings toward self and

others”(Leifer, 2007, p. 426). Upon my visit to the clinic, I noticed a blackboard with chalk in

the waiting area for parents and their children. The blackboard looked frightening and disturbing

with scratch marks and eerie circular drawings made from chalk. After learning about play

therapy, I realize that the blackboard was a tool for children to express their feelings, emotions,

and an outlet in releasing their aggression.

                           FACILITY IMPACT ON COMMUNITY

       I believe that this facility has a definite impact on the community because it provides a

place where children with mental health problems have an opportunity to cope with their

disorders. Without such a facility, it would be difficult to find a place for dealing with emotional

and behavioral problems. The location of the facility is under Community District 12 of the

borough of Queens, where statistics indicate that about a third of the population in this

community are under the age of 18 years of age (New York City Department of City Planning,

2006). This statistic plays a role in determining the potential needs of children with mental

health disorders because nurses can raise awareness to target those who need services under this

age group.


       Based on Leifer (2007), and over the course of learning about pediatric nursing this

semester, the aspect of pediatric nursing represented in this service is the developmental phases

of the toddler, pre-school child, school-age child, and the adolescent. Knowledge of the theories

from Freud, Piaget, Sullivan, and Erikson are important because it serves as a basis for

understanding the deviations of normal psychological development of the child.
                                       ROLE OF THE LPN

        The role of the LPN, in reference to the psychological development of the child, is

important in providing interdisciplinary care for the child because nurses become facilitators in

advocating the needs of the child. The importance of play therapy is significant because nurses

use play therapy as a basis for providing optimum mental healthcare. According to Leifer, “Play

therapy is an important part of every pediatric nursing care plan. It is not necessary to be an

expert in manual dexterity, art, or music; rather, one must understand the needs of the

child”(Leifer, 2007, p. 424). Therefore, in understanding the needs of the child, it is important

for the nurse to develop effective communication skills so that appropriate therapy and

treatment can take place.

                                     PERSONAL CRITIQUE

        As a future Licensed Practical Nurse, I would highly recommend this facility to parents

of whom their children need professional mental health care. This facility offers counseling,

recreation and therapy such as play therapy for toddlers, pre-schoolers, and the school-age child.

This facility also has highly qualified trained staff in providing quality care to these children. In

addition, this facility is located one block of a health clinic, a division of the St. Vincent’s

Medical Center. This is beneficial for those families that need referrals for their children to a

mental health facility.

Leifer, G. (2007). Introduction to Maternity & Pediatric Nursing. St. Louis: Mosby, 424, 426.

New York City Department of City Planning. (2006, December). Queens Community District

       12. Retrieved November 21, 2007, from the World Wide Web:


The Child Center of New York. (2005). Retrieved November 21, 2007, from the World Wide


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