With hopes of attracting more young people to the nursing profession, hospitals and colleges across the country have established nursing camps to help provide high school students with a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at the nursing profession. Summer camps give students an opportunity to experience the clinical and caring side of nursing, as well as the difference they can make if they choose to pursue a career in nursing.
Earlier this month, Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., hosted its Summer Institute of Nursing, a program designed to provide high school students with the opportunity to explore the profession of nursing, as well as other healthcare careers. The Institute exposed students to the variety of career opportunities available within nursing including hospital and community-based nursing, rural healthcare and leadership opportunities in nursing. For more information about the Gustavus Adolphus College Summer Institute of Nursing, visit www.gustavus.edu.
Another educational nursing camp offered earlier this summer was Baptist Memorial Hospital’s annual Nursing CRASH Course. At this camp in Southaven, Miss., high school students were given the opportunity to work alongside real nurses in the hospital to learn the basics of patient care. Attendees were exposed to classroom and clinical experiences, and observed real surgeries and procedures in operating rooms. For more information about Baptist Memorial Hospital’s Nursing CRASH Course, visit www.crashcoursecamp.com.