Nursing

Nurse uses Lego® on the job

Nurse Leader Insider, December 15, 2016

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Victor Ty, RN, a former textile and apparel designer, brings his love of Legos® to the pediatric unit.

After a 20-year career in textile design and technology, Victor Ty decided to pursue a career in nursing; 2 years later, he found himself as a staff nurse in the radiation oncology clinic at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. In his first year, Ty cared for a pediatric patient with developmental disabilities and autism who was being treated for lymphoma. In an effort to connect with the patient, Ty used their mutual love of Legos® to help the patient understand his treatment better.

Ty set to work, building a Lego® model of the radiation machine that included moving parts, including the gantry, onboard imaging, and couch. The model was tangible and less intimidating than the actual room-sized machine, and demonstrating how it works using Legos® created a bond between nurse and patient. Ty called it a bridge for their communication, and the patient completed his radiation therapy regimen without any interruptions.

The model is now used by the entire child life specialist team at Maimonides, helping allay patient fears and calm their nerves before treatment. The staff reports that about 50 children were able to forego sedation thanks to the model, resulting in reduced risks and costs.

Read more about Ty’s projects here.



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