Nurse Camp Challenges Local Teens

Nurse Camp

NorthBay Nurse Camp challenges and inspires local teens to consider careers in nursing. The annual camp is almost a rite of passage for local teens interested in health care.

For four days in June, 32 high school students from 12 Solano County high schools participated in the camp. And they were the lucky ones. Each year the camp draws far more applicants than the program can serve.

From Day 1, the teens were immersed in a fast-paced, hands-on experience. Within a few hours, they learned the ABC's of emergency care: Airway, Breathing and Circulation. They practiced suturing, learned to place IVs, passed medications, gave injections (to oranges) and placed eye drops in eye models.

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On Day 2, they put their new skills to use during a mock trauma. Events on the third day included gowning up for an operating room experience and learning about stroke and interacting with the stroke robot.

On Day 4, the teens divided into six groups to learn all about babies. In Labor and Delivery they learned about fetal monitoring with ultrasound and, with the help of Simulation Lab Coordinator Lacy DeQuattro, delivered a “sim” baby. Demonstrations on newborn care and a visit to the NICU concluded their Nurse Camp experience.

Nurse Camp was designed by nurses to give teens an up-close and personal look at careers in hospital nursing. Judging by the students' comments, the nurses more than achieved that goal.

“I had heard a lot of great things about nursing and Nurse Camp, but I didn't expect as much hands-on experience and to become as attached to the nurses here as I have,” remarked Nora Fey, a student at St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School in Vallejo. “I'm sad today is our last day, but now I know for sure this is the career I want. I'm going to be a nurse!”

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