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MultiCare Profiles: Nurse's LEGO creations comfort young patients
Young patients who visit the Mary Bridge Child Express in Gig Harbor may feel a little more at ease in the urgent care, thanks to the fun LEGO creations of Amy McGlinchy, RN.
“I’m a kid nurse, so obviously I like to play with toys,” McGlinchy said Friday. “I look for anyway I can connect with the kids. Sometimes when they first arrive, they won’t even look at me. But if I show them my LEGOs, then all of a sudden we’re best friends forever.”
Check out the LEGOs (and get free flu vaccine for kids) during two upcoming immunization clinics:
When: Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 2-7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 2-7:30 p.m.
Where: Mary Bridge Child Express at the MultiCare Gig Harbor Medical Park, 4545 Point Fosdick Drive N.W.
The collection of LEGOs displayed at the nurse’s station started out with just one model: a fireboat that drew praise from children and adults alike. Since then, McGlinchy has slowly added to the set.
Recently, as McGlinchy spent hours treating one young boy who had a bad laceration, they connected over their shared interests in “Star Wars” and LEGOs. The next day, the boy returned to thank McGlinchy by giving her a “Star Wars” TIE Fighter LEGO set. She put it together and added it to the display.
This year, for Festival of Trees, McGlinchy decorated a mini-tree with LEGOs, including a base covered in more than 800 individual pieces. The tree was auctioned for more than $1,200 and the money went to support Mary Bridge programs. (Next year, she's planning a a "Star Wars" Lego tree.)
McGlinchy has worked nine years for Mary Bridge, including more than five years in the Emergency Department before she arrived at the Mary Bridge Child Express in Gig Harbor.
“A lot of times we have to do blood draws or IV’s, so I like taking an incident that could be totally traumatic and making it bearable,” McGlinchy said. “It’s not going to be fun, but I like explaining it to them, and building that trust in kids that will last the rest of their lives.”