I've applied to a camp nursing position this summer, something I've never done before. It's at a Girl Scout camp, which rocks since I was a Girl Scout myself! The pay and location are both great. My only concern is that I would be the only nurse. There are between 30-120 campers depending on the session, and I was told that the counselors take care of minor first aid themselves.
My only concern is, if I'm the only nurse there, do I have to sit in the infirmary all day long every day? I will have time off between sessions, but I'm unsure of whether I get any time off during the sessions (I'm thinking not). Also, do nurses ever get to be involved in any of the activities, aka bonfires and things like that? Thanks!!!!!
Be sure and eyeball the next week camper health forms ahead of time so you know who is coming that is DM, etc. Get a list of campers and be sure you have a health form on every child. Ask if the infirmary has internet access so you can look up kids medical conditions and meds. If not bring a med book. Take several books for down time, laptap so you can watch movies. Take old National Geograhic to read then have sick kids make collages--bring a glue stick. During staff orientation, inform staff about HIPPA.Take that time to educate the staff on myths of bedwetting and how DDAVP works and that there are large pullups for campers (be sure the infirmary has some--I've had parents not know about them or that there are meds available!!!) If staff takes kid to ER, remind them their job is the driver and any medical questions/problems the ER needs to call YOU and any treatment at ER is confidential and not to be discussed with campers/staff. Stop by the ER and introduce yourself and don't forget the cookies. Assemble pt ed handouts on bee stings and DM to hand out to counselors that will have kids with these conditions. If camper leaves to go on hike/canoeing be sure epipen goes with them. Take a couple epipen trainers (look on ebay) to do some training.
Things I take to camp that most camps don't have:
eyeglass repair kit, sewing kit, poligrip dental adhesive (temp glue for caps/crowns that fall off), reading glasses (they make great magnifiers for removing spinters and leaves your hands free. Take some crystal lite drink packets for H2O bottles (for you!), my own large insulated mug/cup. Most of this stuff you can get at the dollar store--except for bring a decent pair of splinter forceps. While at the dollar store get a few crazy hats, wigs, hula skirts, eye glasses with the big nose etc to you to wear. Also get several small stuffed animals for boys/girls that may lose a tooth at camp, spend the night in the infirmary or are homesick. Your employer should reimburse you for some of these things. I get a bottle of Benadryl at the dollar store too because sometimes the camps are out and I want one in my hand when I get there.
Review your psych meds and ADHD meds--kids come to camp on an amazing array of psychotropic meds.
Google and find out what state/county regulations appply to camps so you know you are in compliance.
If you bring your kids, get them a few small stuffed animals and I miss you cards. Have family send cards too. My kids were sometimes sad at mail time because they NEVER got cards or things from home so every few weeks I would mail them (yah! from camp to camp!) to brighten their day. Don't show any affection for your children in dining hall or in front of other kids or you will have an outbreak of homesickness. Don't go into their cabin, esp at night or it will be tears all around...they can sneak to the infirmary for hugs prn.
Last edit by Neveranurseagain on Apr 21, '09