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Camp Nurses - Please Introduce Yourself Here. - page 2

At someones suggestion, to introduce herself, this thread was started. I will start: I was a Camp Nurse in 2000 at a private camp in upstate New York in the Birkshire Mountains. I was there for a... Read More

  1. Visit  BonnieSc profile page
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    I can't imagine not having a MAR. I just don't know what you'd do. Even the kids who don't mind taking meds forget a lot while they're at camp, due to the different schedule.

    I agree, I recommend the Basics of Camp Nursing book to EVERYONE... I got so many good ideas there.
  2. Visit  carachel2 profile page
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    Just got back from my first week of nursing at a girls camp in North Carolina. I LOVED it ! It was scary (a near anaphylactic reaction the first day), fun (got to watch the girls do all the activities), quiet (spent a lot of time rocking on the front porch during our down time); busy (passing meds in the dining hall and not knowing the different groups) and hard.

    I wish I would have been more prepared for how hard it would be on my daughter (just turned 7 and probably too young) to see me every day and yet not be *with* me. She had a rough time and we will probably wait a few years before we go back.

    I wish I would have been prepared for how much I would fall in love with those sweet little girls. They are precious and amazing and I think we did a great job "Momming" the girls.

    I wish I would have known if the chemical in glo-lite bracelets was caustic to the eye ? (Had to make a late night ER run for that one).

    I'm glad I didn't take the advice in "basics of camp nursing" and put up "office hours" outside of the infirmary. Kids don't get stung during office hours. I think that is outrageous. They need to get their owies fixed and be sent on their way so they can enjoy camp more.

    I hope everyone had a great time at their camp !
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  3. Visit  ZASHAGALKA profile page
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    The 'office hours' issue is not to discourage 'emergency' treatment, but to set boundaries on 'routine' tx.

    For example, before I set 'office hours' my 3rd year in, I was getting kids coming in at midnight for their BID meds. Not cool. I still get that, but now I can say, "Tomorrow, come back during OFFICE HOURS".

    And, 'office hours' give you a rationale for putting some limits on 'infirmary-itis'.

    It's all how you control it. Rules are easier laxed then lack of rules can be enforced.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
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  4. Visit  ZASHAGALKA profile page
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    On a whim, I bought a few of the spray, 'sour' candies (you 'spray' the candy into your mouth) and used them for some of the smaller kids for my '2nd treatment' after I was done w/ the 'booboos'.

    Do you know how many kiddos came in for their '2nd treatment'? I had to set the ground rules: 2nd treatments are for only when I'm not busy w/ FIRST treatments.

    But, it was so cute to have these kiddos clamoring for their '2nd treatment'.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  5. Visit  carachel2 profile page
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    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    The 'office hours' issue is not to discourage 'emergency' treatment, but to set boundaries on 'routine' tx.

    For example, before I set 'office hours' my 3rd year in, I was getting kids coming in at midnight for their BID meds. Not cool. I still get that, but now I can say, "Tomorrow, come back during OFFICE HOURS".

    And, 'office hours' give you a rationale for putting some limits on 'infirmary-itis'.

    It's all how you control it. Rules are easier laxed then lack of rules can be enforced.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    We took meds to the dining hall to distribute to campers. We had them meet us outside before every meal if they took meds. It worked out great and we didn't have to wait for them at the infirmary.

    We were told by some camp staff that nurses in an earlier session had set out a rope across the porch of the infirmary and declared office hours (and they used the same med dispensing system as us).
  6. Visit  Avelinne profile page
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    I am back from Texas where I was a camp nurse at a Christian Camp with an average of 400 campers and 100 staff members. This was my first year as a camp nurse.If your hoping to be a camp nurse next summer, here are some things to consider. You ARE it, in the event of EVERY emergency. You will be expected to be On-Call 24/7, even if you want to sleep,eat or shower, or in the event that you are sick, you are still on-call, the kids have to come first. Make sure you have another nurse available if you don't want this to fall all on you. If you work in a Christian Camp, be aware that you Will be expected to on top of all that you do as a camp nurse, to participate in any and all religious ceremony/observations that are practiced at your camp, even if you do not share that faith. Even if those religious services cut into your time off. Be aware that ACA regulations are just suggestions and that the Camps will interpret them as the director wants to. Example, I was forced to pass meds by going to each meal walking around finding campers by calling out their name(the camp director felt that asking the counselor to bring the kids to me was too much to ask from the counselor even thought this practice violates HIPPA law). Be aware that on top of camp nursing duties, you will be asked to clean up a designated area weekly (outside of the camp clinic)after each camp session, and that not one camp staff will be allowed off the camp grounds on your day off until the entire camp is clean, by order of the director. I guess my camp director is not aware of the nursing shortage that exists. The reason I did not leave before camp was over was because my son was having such a good time. Will I be a camp nurse again, yes I will. But I will do more research before I commit my summer to a lunatic. Also I will make sure I am not 1100 miles away from home before I accept another camp nurse assignment. This letter is in hopes to help you avoid some of the pitfalls that I encountered. Except for all this, Camp was fun.
  7. Visit  ZASHAGALKA profile page
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    Quote from Avelinne
    I am back from Texas where I was a camp nurse at a Christian Camp with an average of 400 campers and 100 staff members. This was my first year as a camp nurse.If your hoping to be a camp nurse next summer, here are some things to consider. You ARE it, in the event of EVERY emergency. You will be expected to be On-Call 24/7, even if you want to sleep,eat or shower, or in the event that you are sick, you are still on-call, the kids have to come first. Make sure you have another nurse available if you don't want this to fall all on you. If you work in a Christian Camp, be aware that you Will be expected to on top of all that you do as a camp nurse, to participate in any and all religious ceremony/observations that are practiced at your camp, even if you do not share that faith. Even if those religious services cut into your time off. Be aware that ACA regulations are just suggestions and that the Camps will interpret them as the director wants to. Example, I was forced to pass meds by going to each meal walking around finding campers by calling out their name(the camp director felt that asking the counselor to bring the kids to me was too much to ask from the counselor even thought this practice violates HIPPA law). Be aware that on top of camp nursing duties, you will be asked to clean up a designated area weekly (outside of the camp clinic)after each camp session, and that not one camp staff will be allowed off the camp grounds on your day off until the entire camp is clean, by order of the director. I guess my camp director is not aware of the nursing shortage that exists. The reason I did not leave before camp was over was because my son was having such a good time. Will I be a camp nurse again, yes I will. But I will do more research before I commit my summer to a lunatic. Also I will make sure I am not 1100 miles away from home before I accept another camp nurse assignment. This letter is in hopes to help you avoid some of the pitfalls that I encountered. Except for all this, Camp was fun.
    As you suggest, not all camp experiences are the same. I work in a Christian camp in Texas w/ a similar ratio of campers/staff. I knew going in it was a 24 hr job. My campers come to ME and the clinic for meds. I only have to track down the stray camper that 'forgets' to take their meds - and w/ a few reminders, by the 2nd or 3rd day, they realize I can be as consistent as mom/dad and they give up trying to 'forget'.

    (a small percentage of add/adhd kids use camp to try to avoid taking their meds. Parents aren't normally too keen on having to spend weeks re-adjusting those meds to re-attain therapeutic dosing.)

    All of my official dutes were nurse related. This is not true for other staff but an exception is made for nursing BECAUSE we are a 24 hr job.

    The religious activities ARE part of the job, but, the rules are such that you have to be a member of the church in order to be a volunteer, so this was not a big burden for me. The ONLY reason I volunteer is because I believe that it is a Christian calling for me. My kids (the ones that call me dad) enjoy the camp, but they are old enough that camp is their own thing. I don't do camp to be with them, but to facilitate the experience.

    The 15 (I originally said 8, but have since found out it was 15 total) baptisms we had and the experiences of 320 campers made it totally worth my time. My kids always ask me how I enjoyed camp, and they don't seem to understand when I say that camp is not just a hard job, but a hard and long job.

    But, while I dread the work each year, I do in fact, enjoy the experience.

    Remember this: your camp director can only run you over if you let him. You are right in that getting nurse volunteers are the most difficult ones to get. Next year, set some ground rules in advance. And refuse to do anything that you feel is unsafe, a violation of privacy, or just unfair. I mean, what's he gonna do, fire you?

    I'm glad you enjoyed the experience in balance. My first year, I was lost. Going back, I had a much better idea of what to expect. . . and what to demand.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Aug 21, '06
  8. Visit  Nur_1996 profile page
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    Hi, I am a 5 year camp nurse, and I love it. First year, at a Boy Scout camp in FL (my home state) for 5 weeks, then a few weeks at a large co-ed YMCA camp in SC. Then for 3 summers at a disability camp in NJ. This summer went to a private all boys camp in NH. Camp has been good for me and my family. My husband is a teacher and also worked at camp. My boys have had valuable life lessons, meeting new people, working together, and helping the people at the special needs camp. I love to travel and see new places so this is great too, and it gets me away from the FL heat for a little while!
  9. Visit  AMR21 profile page
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    i am not a nurse, yet. (i am finishing an anthropology degree and starting a secondary accelerated degree BSN program in the fall) i currently work as a counsulor at a camp in central ohio for kids and adults w/ developmental and physical disabilites. i spent the summer there and have been doing as many respite weekends as i can. its the reason i have decided to go into nursing. when i finally have my bsn, i hope to also work there as a nurse. you camp nurses are great, hope you know that!
  10. Visit  nightingale profile page
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    Welcome and good luck to you in your program. What a fine addition you will be to the world of Nursing.



    Quote from AMR21
    i am not a nurse, yet. (i am finishing an anthropology degree and starting a secondary accelerated degree BSN program in the fall) i currently work as a counsulor at a camp in central ohio for kids and adults w/ developmental and physical disabilites. i spent the summer there and have been doing as many respite weekends as i can. its the reason i have decided to go into nursing. when i finally have my bsn, i hope to also work there as a nurse. you camp nurses are great, hope you know that!
  11. Visit  kcangel profile page
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    Hello,
    My experience in camp nursing has been two 1-week sessions at a camp for medically ill children (one week per year) and two 1-week sessions at my church camp. My plans are to do another week in the summer of 2007 for kids church camp (my son is in this group, usually 350-500 kids). When he is a teenager I will then do the youth camp so I can go with him.
    I am currently updating the church camp's P&P's, they are extremely outdated, so any help in the area would be awesome.
    Thanks,
    Angela
  12. Visit  realnursealso/LPN profile page
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    Hi everyone, I am a camp nurse, but I work at a camp that goes during the school year. It is an environmental camp. The children come to this camp through the school year for a week at a time, sometimes for 3 days or 2, depending on what the school district allows. They attend with their teachers, and sometimes parent chaperones. It is my primary job, with homecare nursing at a local agency when we are closed. The seasons are September to December 1st, or the last day your site has children booked. This camp also employs teachers, who work there too. Our teachers all have bachelor degrees. Room and board is provided plus a substantial salary. The spring season starts in March, and goes til the end of June. I will be returning the 12th of March. The days are long, I have to be in the dinning hall at 730am, and the day ends at 930pm. But through all those hours I am only working hard before and after meal times and before bed. Of course I fix alot of boo boos during the day, we get some I have a tummy ache or headache, and give tlc for homesickness, or just a hug at times. The rest of the day I am free to surf the net on my laptop ( free wireless), sit on the porch of the Inn, read, or just enjoy the beautiful view out the window at my desk. It is such a fun job. Never gets boring because the groups change every week. I am off every weekend, and work Monday thru Friday. I am divorced, my children are grown, and I live with my elderly parents when I am home which allows me to have this job, it wouldn't work for people with small children, or who are in a relationship. Just wanted to share about my fun nursing job, I love it. I do enjoy this topic because I have read and learned alot from here. I run up against the same types of things that typical summer camp nurses do. The company I work for has 14 sites in New England and one in New York. All the sites are in established camps that are closed during the school year. I just can't tell you how happy I am with this job,in all my 27 years of nursing I think I am enjoying this job the most. I finished my first season the day before Thanksgiving, and am no longer the new nurse when I return in March. If anyone has specific questions you can pm me, don't want to break the rules, but I am so happy with this job I had to share.
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  13. Visit  dragonheart profile page
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    I am registered nurse who has practiced nursing since 1974 :
    Cardiac Critical Care, Respiratory ICU-(open heart, heart, liver/kidney transplantation, surgical )Military Health care as orthopedics staff, Medical-Surgical /critical care , charge nurse ambulatory care center, Infection Control nurse, clinic nurse Chinhea, Korea,Charge Nurse aboard USNS Comfort -Operation Restore Hope) Data Quality and Knowledge Management Director ,Naval Medical Information Center
    Health Supervisor/Camp Nurse (four years)
    I earned my BSN form the Univ of Pgh 1974, MN Univ , Respiratory Clincial Nurse Specialist, Pgh 1980
    Hold certifications: Informatics Nursing, Project Management and Knowledge Management
    Currently licensed to practice nursing in Pennsylvania and Maryland

    Recently I have accepted a position of Health supervisor for Day and Resident Camps

    I would like to establish a resource and collegial reference source base within the specialities of camp nursing and informatics through allnurses.com for instance:

    I am reviewing camp regulations and guidelines and have the following questions

    Specific to MD, VA and the District of Columbia is the trend for physicians to write prescriptive standing orders for tylenol, topical/oral benadryl,ibuprofen, and neosporin or towards self-medication with adult oversight (at campers unit)

    The prescriptive authority would be for medications listed on the health history/emergency authorization form . Medication and immunization history is requested as well as camper's weight and height

    If the camper self-medicates as with inhalers would the same prescribing physician serve as the prescriptive/standing order source of each camper?

    What are being used as adult:child ratios for day and resident camps
    campers ranging in age from 5-12 years of age
    campers 3-4 years of age (parents are unit leaders/ on site)
    Girl Scouting for instance uses ratios specific to age , activity(high adventure) group meeting


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