First time camp nurse

  1. I'm going to be doing some relief at a summer camp and will also be the head councilor at the camp during my non relief shifts. This will be the first time working in the medical field for humans. Have been a nurse for animals for the past 9 years. I was just wondering on what are some of the things I can expect to see and what is usually in the nurse's ability to go about treatment for the kids. Such as having standing orders or am I covered giving medications as long as they are over the counter. I'm sure I will be able to talk to the nurses while I'm there about these questions but just wanted a heads up so I know what to expect.

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  3. by   Alex Egan
    Don't be offended. I just want to make sure what role your filling here. Are you a nurse? Liscenced? Or are you functioning as a health officer? There is a big difference as to the recommendations depending on if you are filling a professional role or functioning as an advanced first aider. Also what kind of camp are we teaming with here week long terms or 8week session? That's gonna make a huge difference as to they type of illness you deal with and if you can easily turf them back home.
    Last edit by Alex Egan on Apr 1, '13
  4. by   CampNurse1
    Really good question, Big Al. You have to be an RN, LPN, or LVN to call yourself a nurse. It is fairly common practice in camp nursing for a non-nurse to refer to themselves as a nurse. Every nurse practice act I know of actually makes this practice a criminal offense. In Georgia, there is language that prevents physicians from practicing nursing, lol! I think the principle is called "reservation of privileges."

    In my opinion, and I could be wrong, head counselor and health care provider is wearing one hat too many. Run away!