Hello to all, I am in my senior yr as an RN_BSN student. I am working on a project and would like everyones input. I have done more than my share of research on this and have viewed 100's of articles, mostly in Dermatology Journals; Here goes:
While working on a melanoma task force in NJ under the Dept. of Health, as a student,
I brought up the issue that no where in the strategic (5 year) cancer plan for the state, under the melanoma section was there any reference to the huge camping population. In NJ ,there are 700 lisences issued annually, serving a potential of 400,000 campers.I felt that that entire target population was being missed in referenece to education in melanoma prevention (sunskin safety precautions) and detection tools. NJ is implementing into the core curriculum content standards in education the sun safety curriculum, but I feel that the Camp Directors have a responsibility to become aware of the risks of melanoma (the most deadly form of skin cancer and primarily kills people between the ages of 25-29) to educate their staff or direct their health Director to do so.
How can we reach the largest #of the target population, the camp directors, besides going to each and every camp in the state to train them. I am proposing legislation through this project that I would love to see through that entails having the Department of Safety and Sanitation (they issue summer camp liscences in NJ) send a booklet, published with the cooperation of the American Cancer Society, about the prevention and detection that be mailed with every accepted "application to run a summer camp" to each camp director annually and mandate that this info be applied into staff training for camps. All help and Ideas are greatly appreciated. Betty