Monday, February 11, 2013

Volunteer Manicures at the Children's Hospital

So yesterday was a pretty amazing day for me. Something I've been working towards finally happened!    I went over to the Children's Hospital for the first time for just a few hours to do some manicures for some of the kids. I've been going to the women's shelter doing manicures but I knew I wanted to branch out and work with kids also. Yesterday was a trial run to see how well I would fit in. I had the child life director with me the whole time and she supervised me. We all had a fun time.  I can not tell you how wonderful it was interacting with the girls and seeing their excitement. Being in the hospital is no fun but I'm glad I could brighten up their days just a little by spending a little time with them and putting a little paint on their nails. The last manicure I did was for a five year old and she was such a cutie, she had me paint her nails and then she got me to paint her moms and even the Child life Directors nails. I swear the two adult manicures I did were super quick and prob some of my best work! hah I used a holo because i knew it'd be fuss free and dry super quick! Anyway I look forward to going back and getting the chance to do many more manicures. It looks like with the hospital I will be able to go at least once a week while at the women's shelter it's every few weeks. 

I'm just happy I can share my passion with others, it sure beats sitting around the house doing nothing! I'm glad I've found something I love doing and that it has a positive impact on others! : ) 

     

14 comments:

  1. Wow, this is so nice of you! I spent most of my childhood in hospitals and I wish someone had done my nails or something. Hospitals are just so boring and depressing.

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  2. I don't see that you are licensed in SC with the LLR as either a cosmeologist or nail technician. GHS Children's Hospital let you perform manicures on patients without being licensed? Something is amiss.

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  3. I love it! So sweet of you and I'm sure everyone enjoyed it.

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  4. such a gret post, really put a smile on my face :) great nail art too

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  5. you are correct I am not licensed, nor have I claimed to be. All I am doing is painting nails. I am not allowed to use any files or do any cutting of nails or cuticles. I am simply applying paint to the nails. The volunteer office and the child life department has contacted infection control and have cleared me to do this. When I first contacted the hospital, I let them know upfront that i was not licensed and I let them decide if that was something they would allow.

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  6. I think this is so sweet. Feeling "pretty" must really be a boost for sick kids (& their moms). It's a small thing but it is so kind. Great job :)

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  7. It always warms my heart when I see these volunteer posts. What a GREAT idea!!

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  8. That's a really great idea. And so sweet!

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  9. Congratulations for being a special type of person yourself to get out there and do something to make other people happy - particularly the children!

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  10. This comment makes me rather upset. It's not as if she took a job away from someone licensed, or misrepresented herself. She is using her time to do something nice for people and trying to make the day a little brighter for these kids. Your snark isn't making anyone's day brighter.

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  11. It wasn't snark it was a professional concern. There's are reason why certain professions are licensed by regulatory boards (& each state has such boards for everything from architects to physicians, cosmetologist,etc). She made no mention that she was not filing or trimming cuticles.

    She said she was performing manicures & in the state of SC, stating you are performing manicures implies more than simply polishing. I had no reason to not infer otherwise based on her post. I don't doubt she was doing a good deed, but performing open heart surgery on your neighbor could be considered a good deed but it's not only unlawful if you are not licensed to do so but unsafe. Yes that is an over-the-top example but my point is the same.

    It's one thing to do your friends nails for fun, but it's another to risk the general public & especially children.

    I would hope Ms. Zelma understands the concern.

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  12. If it was a professional concern, you probably should have addressed it in a more professional manner. Perhaps an email to Ms. Zemla directly would have been better? I don't know if you actually work for the LLR, but if you do I can't imagine your employer would want you leaving random blog comments questioning something like this. If it was legitimately a problem, there would be channels for you to go through and a process that most certainly doesn't involve blog comments.

    Also, if you didn't have all the information, why would you assume the worst instead of just asking? It's so easy to email someone and say "Hey, I saw your post about the Children's Hospital and while I think it's great that you're doing that, you might want to make sure you aren't doing anything that requires a license!"

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  13. Awww! How sweet of you! Having your nails painted and looking at them always makes the day easier and distracts your mind a bit from whatever you're going through, so I guess the kids are very thankful! :) I agree that being in a hospital for a long time is frustrating and boring, it's nice you came up with this idea!

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