What have you talked about with that other nurse? How much will she be available to you? How close is EMS? What is your medical support? What kind of personality are you- especially in an emergency?
Is it a good learning experience? Undoubtedly, if you have enough strengths to build on. My camp is fortunate to be close to 2 EMS services, an hour (lights and sirens) from CHOP and St Chris, and an hour normal drive from a community children's ER. Just 2 hours from my camp, a camp EMT did compressions for 30 minutes waiting for help a couple years ago. My aunt did 45 minutes at an Easter Seals camp a decade ago. I *count* on my life guards, admin staff, some counselors giving me relief in that type of situation but when it happens, will they? A lot can depend on you and it's a wild toss of dice whether you'll see a real emergency or just a parade of band aids, rolled ankles, hot day headaches, and homesickness.
My camp is not special needs- 100 campers means about 30 med doses daily, 5-10 epi pens, 10-20 inhalers. In my first year, I had a brand new EMT as my aide, she was not prepared to be there and I ended up doing a lot of extra time on camp and phone-call support. She was also Type A and tantrummed if she didn't get to eat on time. Sigh. Welcome to health care. That was the year that I had a parent cursing me out on the phone because they were angry that I called EMS before asking them. Their child hit her head and couldn't remember their own name or what happened. They said she was faking it and I would have to pay any bills. She wasn't faking the unresponsive, uneven pupils or the bradycardia but the parents chased the ambulance to the hospital and signed out AMA. Thankfully, most concussions are very minor but then the trick is picking up on them- don't provide too much worry or too little care! The same with wrist and ankle injuries. We complain about nursing being treated as customer service but CAMP actually is, so those fine lines need to be walked.
I advise any camp health professional to take a PALS class if you can and read the books if you can't. Do you need to know the indication and dose per kg of adenosine at camp? Of course not! But PALS is SUCH an awesome course on recognizing early signs of deterioration and mentally organizing the situation. Also read up on mental health, take a Stop the Bleed first aid class, read Linda Erceg's Basics of Camp Nursing,
Some great things? CAMP! Camp is awesome if you are camp-folk. Not every one is. Kids are actually being kids in their natural (dirty) habitat. They are doing fun guided activities and spontaneous ones as well. The songs will be stuck inside your head and one night, you'll wake up and not be able to go back to sleep until you know WHY Princess Pat lives in a tree? (and then you will learn more about Canadian military history than you imagined) Your wardrobe will never be the same after you get tired of tie dying shirts and move onto socks. You'll wear those socks to the hospital some day when you are rebelling against having to put on scrubs
on a 90 degree September day and you miss rumpled t shirts and soccer shorts and even unbrushed hair. Your vocab will never be the same after you have British, Australian, and German roommates and you will find out that when you travel the world, you have sofas to sleep on in 7 countries! The kids will be happy to see you when you escape the health center and walk around camp (bonus points if you get to go swimming!) You'll get hugs on Fridays and notice that they've grown a lot inside and maybe outside since they arrived on Sunday and the next year, you'll be excited to see how much they've grown again. You will learn about how health care works when you take two kids to the clinic for ankle pain and one has the right insurance and the other doesn't. You'll learn Ottawa ankle rules and be able to debate PECARN vs CATCH vs CHALICE head diagnostics. You'll sound brilliant when you discuss Lyme disease risk and epidemiology with anxious parents. You'll ride in golf carts. You'll glow with pride when the message comes back that the ortho surgeon at CHOP complimented your SAM splint application (even though it was actually your first time... and you'll never admit that to anyone) You'll develop legit preferences of "band aid" materials and brands. You'll learn about essential oils for ADHD. Maybe you'll try the high ropes, rock wall, canoeing, and ride a horse. Maybe you'll like one of those things so much that you'll get trained as a facilitator and can work extra weekends during the year! (because you'll learn that camp sickness is real when you cry in a Macy's changing room because they just played a song that makes you think of camp.) You'll wear a tiara at least once. You'll learn task organization and new levels of flexibility. You'll gain leadership and management skills. You might end up with a resume touting your protocol writing.