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Safeguarding Our Kids’ Health: A Voice from Nurses

B1.1 A Day in the Child Life Zone – An Overseas Experience

Dr Jane CY Yau
Department Operations Manager,
Accident and Emergency Department,
Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Dr Jane CY Yau is currently appointed as a Department Operations Manager of Accident and Emergency Department in Queen Elizabeth Hospital. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Nursing from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and dual Master in Health Management and Nursing from University of New England and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She also completed the Doctor of Nursing degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2013. Dr Yau is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Nursing (Emergency). She also serves as a council member and fellowship examiner in the Hong Kong College of Emergency Nursing.

Children should be protected from play restriction. But nowadays, child’s play is becoming more and more precious. Increased use of electronic devices, more pressure to get high marks in class, tighter and tighter schedules on extra-curricular activities, all contributed to the extinction of “play”.

The Child Life Zone, also called The Zone, is a pure, therapeutic and educational play environment for pediatric patients and their families at the Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital. It is a place which offers play, learn, laugh and relax for both children and their family. Staff consists of child life specialists, assistants, volunteers, and most important of all, the paws.

There are different sections and programs in the Zone:
i. KidZone TV
ii. The Theater
iii. The Family Corner
iv. The Huddlenet
v. The Quiet Room
vi. Paws and Play

A protected place to play engages children for discovery. They can be intellectually challenged and grow. A place like the Zone somehow provides a place for thinking, simulating, executing and feeling

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