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10th-annual MultiCare Nurse Camp will offer hands-on lessons

Posted on Jul. 15, 2013 ( comments)
In 10 years, more than 800 students have attended MultiCare Nurse Camp. (Photo by Patrick Hagerty)

One hundred high school students have been selected for the 10th-annual MultiCare Nurse Camp that begins Tuesday, July 16, and runs through July 19.

Nurse Camp, which aims to increase diversity in health care, is free to the students, who represent 31 Western Washington cities and towns.

The four-day MultiCare Nurse Camp gives an inside look at careers in health care. Students spend time in departments at MultiCare’s hospitals, visit local colleges and universities, and participate in rotations throughout Tacoma General, Mary Bridge, Allenmore and Good Samaritan hospitals.

Ten years ago, MultiCare realized the need to encourage a more diverse and well-prepared health work force. In 2004, MultiCare began supporting the weeklong day camp. As well as increasing ethnic and racial diversity in health care, a growing number of young men are pursuing careers in nursing, a trend MultiCare Nurse Camp encourages and supports.

In 10 years, more than 800 students have attended MultiCare Nurse Camp.

“I’m very pleased to have a diverse group of high school students who are interested in nursing join the MultiCare family for a week,” said Nurse Camp Director Jamilia Sherls, MPH, BSN, RN. “Nurse Camp allows students to explore nursing and other health careers through hands-on activities, job shadowing and discussions with health professionals, visits to local nursing schools, and much more. They also receive a stethoscope and medical scissors to use during assessment activities. From these experiences, it is my hope that Nurse Camp students begin to visualize themselves as future nurses and become even more motivated to pursue this career path. It would be great if these students returned to MultiCare one day as a nurse or another health professional.”

Highlights of MultiCare Nurse Camp:

Hands-on station rotation: Nutrition/blood sugar education, examine pig hearts and LVADs, take a tour of linen services, infection control, learn how to prepare pediatric patients for tests/procedures, practice with c-collar/backboards, perform neuro checks.

Job shadowing: Various units/departments at Tacoma General, Mary Bridge, Allenmore, and Good Samaritan hospitals.

Operating Room experience: Skittlectomies, suturing pig feet, touring the OR, learning about high tech surgeries and sterile technique.

Emergency Department experience: Stations include cardiac rhythm, airway, backboard/c-spine, forearm fiberglass splinting, wound irrigation/stapling, alcohol awareness (students will wear beer goggles), medic unit (students will tour inside of ambulance), emergency preparedness.

College campus visits: Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma Community College, and Pierce College – Puyallup campus.

Culminating project: Students must use assessment skills that were learned during the week to successfully complete the following scenarios: Stroke, MI/CPR, Trauma, and Diabetes Crisis. Students will work in groups and will be evaluated on performance. Award given to the group with the highest score.

College Fair: Several Puget Sound area colleges with nursing/health profession programs have confirmed attendance. Princeton Review will also be present to offer students test prep tips.

Graduation: MultiCare Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive Kate Bechtold will give keynote address along with two student speakers. A slideshow presentation will showcase student activities of the week. MultiCare pins and certificates will be presented to students during the “pinning” ceremony.

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