About Precious Time
Each semester, students enrolled in a pediatric nursing course and a nursing elective are required to provide fourteen hours of respite care as part of course requirements. They are assigned to a family and travel to their homes to provide the respite care services during the evening hours or on weekends. The pre-health students work in pairs as a precaution for the safety of the child as well as their own. Being in the home with a family who has a child with special needs teaches the students skills that are not taught in a classroom.
Activities that may occur during respite care are:
- Helping with homework
- Reading or playing board games
- Playing outside or taking a walk
- Special activities such as cooking or baking projects
- Anything that you would like the JMU students to do with your child