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JeanettePNP has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergy.

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I am working on getting my RN and camp nursing sounds like a fun thing to do in the summer so I can spend more time with my kids. But what do you do about your regular job? Do they let you take a leave of absence for two months?

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RNorBust has 17 years experience and specializes in pedi-onc, Adult Acute care, LTC, more.

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You could possibly work agency if you dont need to carry the benefits for the family. You can take off every summer when there is less work anyway and work at the summer camps. Then in Fall when the agency work starts increasing again you can get your shifts.

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kcangel has 12 years experience as a LPN and specializes in pediatric, neonatal, ER/trauma, camp.

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I work PRN so I can just schedule it around work, or schedule work around it.

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Alex'sDad has 11 years experience and specializes in Camp nursing, long term care, home care.

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There are a LOT of school nurses doing camp nursing. They're off all summer and it gives them the freedom to go to camp. I also work with a lot of "travel" or "agency" nurses who don't need a benefits package and want to be able to control their schedules. A very good friend of mine clears his schedule every summer to go to the Denali National Park in Alaska in July and August to work as a camp/resort nurse.

I work full time as a case manager working for the military. Even though I'm no longer in the army, the army is VERY good about giving me time off with pay to do community service within limits. I only do a couple of weeks each summer.

I did one full summer camp 3 years ago and loved it. If I could find a good paying full time camp nurse position, I'd be there in a minute! :specs:

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FireStarterRN has 15 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in LTC, Med/Surg, Peds, ICU, Tele.

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I just went per diem so now I'm going to be able to do this.

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ProfRN4 is a MSN, RN and specializes in Pediatrics.

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I started doing the camp thing when I was married, working per-diem (but the equivelant of a full time schedule... did it for the flexibility), so I was able to take the time 'off'. Now I am divorced, and I teach FT in a nursing school, and am off the whole summer, so it still works for me.

Also, keep in mind that there are some camps that hire nurses on a weekly basis (mine does). Are you interested in day camp or sleep away? Where are you located? I work for a Girl Scout Camp, and I only go one week per year. I get paid and my daughter goes for free. They'd take me for more, but one is enough for me!!

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AnnieNHRN has 10 years experience and specializes in med/surg, ER, camp nursing.

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Last summer I was working part-time (24h/w) at a hospital. They gave me the 8 weeks off I needed. I wasn't carrying the benefits then so it wasn't a problem.

This year I am working 32h/w and am carrying the benefits. I found a camp that is looking for a nurse 3 days/w. This allows me to work 2 12hr shifts and only need to use up 8 hrs of ET per week (it'll actually be less since a 12 hr shift is usually a 13 or 14 hrs shift...). It's a good deal. I'll get paid about $1500 for the summer and my 3 boys will go for free.

Can't wait for summer!

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gratefulnurse has 35 years experience and specializes in Oncology.

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I am perdiem, and pick up a lot of extra shifts during the winter. The hospital I work at has guarrented hours, so in the summer when the demand is not there, the hospital gladly gives me reduced hours. Camp nursing is a great way to kids to go free. We earn it and work for it, but it is better than being in the hospital.

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Good Evening,

I had my first camp experience this summer. My children loved camp and I do plan on going back. BUT--the website stated 8-10 hours a day--I worked on average 90 hours a week (over six days)...The high cost of this residential camp would not be in our family budget. So--for my kids--and for all the new info and assessment skills I took home with me--definately plan for another summer. ...OH for your question--I am a full time school nurse for 800 children in a second/third grade school.

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CampNurse1 has 7 years experience and specializes in Med-Surg, Ortho, Camp.

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I am the rare full time year round camp nurse. I have a 1800 sq. ft. house for a residence, paid utilities, more days off than I deserve, good benefits, and I make as much as I did when I was doing med-surg full time. I work for an enlightened administration that thinks nursing is important, and, they put their money where their mouth is. My family fully supports my mission (wife is also a nurse). I hire three other nurses to work the summer, when we are full time.

In short, I am the luckiest guy in the world.

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TheSquire has 8 years experience as a DNP, EMT-B, APN, NP and specializes in Emergency Nursing, Camp Nursing.

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I work full-time in the ED, and schedule time-off in the summer to volunteer up at my old camp when I can.

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bsyrn has 18 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Peds, School Nurse, clinical instructor.

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I work now as a school nurse however when I first started as a camp nurse, I used my vacation time...

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