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14th annual Nurse Camp kicks off in Tacoma

Posted on Jul. 17, 2017 ( comments)

More than 100 sophomores and juniors from high schools across the South Sound will participate in the area’s largest “nurse camp” July 17–21, based at MultiCare Health System’s Tacoma General Hospital.

The 14th annual event gives students interested in pursuing nursing as well as other health care-related careers an opportunity to experience the hospital environment. Over five days, they will use medical devices, perform “Skittlectomies” on mannequins, practice suturing and shadow professional nurses and other health care professionals in various departments at several MultiCare facilities.

Although the camp is free, entrance to the program is competitive due to the number of positions. Students are selected to attend the camp based on the strength of their personal statement, transcripts and a recommendation letter from a science teacher.

“This is my second year coordinating Nurse Camp and I am very excited to have such a diverse group of high school students, eager to learn about nursing and allied health professions,” says Sheri Mitchell, community outreach liaison for the MultiCare Center for Healthy Living and Health Equity.

“It is our hope that the students will be inspired and motivated to pursue a career in nursing,” she continues. “Our mission during Nurse Camp is for the students to gain some insight and learn from each experience they encountered during the week.”

MultiCare has long recognized the need to encourage a more diverse and well-prepared health workforce. It held the first Nurse Camp in 2003, graduating 30 students. The camp has grown in popularity each year, with an increasing number of young men considering nursing careers, too. Approximately 1,000 students have graduated from Nurse Camp.

Students will be sharing their experiences on social media with the hashtag #nursecamprocks.

Learn more about Nurse Camp

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