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 month and had a so so time but my kids did have a wonderful experience. My duo, now 17 and 15, share wonderful memories of that summer.
I hope we can here from others with current experiences as well. Where are y'all going this summer? Or, are you there already.
Please take some time in introducing yourself. Let me know if you want other "Stickey's" or what we can do to modify this Forum to make it more interesting for you.
Last edit by kdmcook on Jun 16, '06
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Jul 29, '06
by ZASHAGALKA Pro
I just today got back from my week at camp.
I have volunteered at my kids' church camp to work in the Clinic for 4 yrs now. The last two, I've been the 'head nurse'.
350 kids, 70 adults counselors. And, that's just 'our' week. The camp runs all summer w/ 10 sessions. I just go to one.
But, over the course of the summer, 3500 kids, 700 adults: I'm going to convince them to get an AED before next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm amazed at how different each session is. 4 yrs ago: menstrual cramp city. 3 yrs ago: tummy aches. Last year: sore throats including 4 cases of actual strep. This year: ortho city. Ankle and knee pains galore, including the need to f/u with an MRI on a camper. Yuck.
But, I seem to fall into a habit of stocking up and preparing for last year's 'streaks', only to be caught be a new 'streak' every yr. And, even though I KNOW THIS NOW, I will STILL buy loads of ankle/knee wraps and ace bandages for next year.
One change I DID make as the 'head' nurse was to create and institute an 'MAR'. You can't tell which kids are weaseling out of their ADD meds if you only record those that voluntarily come in. You have to be able to look down the MARs and see the 'blanks'.
And, if you haven't done camp nursing before, you MUST get the book, 'the basics of camp nursing'. It was my primer on what was right about the way things 'are done', and what needed to be changed.
I also recommend going to ACA's (Amer Camping Assoc) website and purchasing tx books - it's so difficult to find 'bound numbered logs' and the ACA's book is perfect in that it is actually designed for camp: neat and concise.
I love the experience but hate the work. I normally work 14-16 hr days without break for a week. IF they had to pay me, they wouldn't be able to afford me! But then, if they had to pay me, about half those kids wouldn't be able to afford to be there. . .
Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Jul 29, '06