Service-oriented student leader sets her sights on Nurse Camp
For Devon Carr, who will be a high school junior attending Olympic College through the Running Start program in Bremerton this fall, leadership and service have been a part of everyday life for years.
During the school year, Carr, 16, is an ASB class officer, a leader for STEM Club, a stage manager for her school performance group and a yearbook editor. Last year, she traveled to Appalachia to help build houses for teachers, and she has also volunteered as a teaching assistant for preschool students.
“I love leading people and being there for others, as well as learning and adventuring,” Carr says. “I strive to understand what others go through, and I enjoy being in community. I have a patient, considerate nature, and I don't quit under pressure.”
Those leadership qualities combined with a passion for science, and her own personal medical history, sparked Carr's interest in nursing and motivated her to apply for this year's MultiCare Nurse Camp.
This week, Carr will be joining more than 100 high school students at Nurse Camp, which takes place over five days at MultiCare's five hospitals in Western Washington. During the program, students will get an up-close look at nursing, including the chance to try out medical devices, practice suturing on animal parts and shadow professional nurses and other health care professionals.
Carr is looking forward to gaining hands-on experience with medicine at the camp.
“I want to gain skill and insight into the medical field,” she says. “I love learning how science works and how everything around us is connected. It's really cool to me how many parts of the body work together to function and support how we live.”
Although Carr loves studying science and helping people, she's no stranger to being a patient herself. Hospitalized four times during her life for different surgeries, Carr has experienced firsthand the positive impact that nurses can have on the lives of their patients.
"I can relate to being a patient, in pain, fearful of recovery, and stuck in a hospital room,” she says. “The nurses who cared for me had compassion and understanding for what I was going through, so I came away with a positive experience even though I went through a difficult time. That's why I want to go into nursing."
Carr adds that service work has also helped her gain insight into the importance of being there for others.
"In Appalachia, we got to see what life was like in the rural mountains,” she says. “It's just so different. Here we lead privileged lives, but there I got to see a different perspective, how people are centered in their community and are there for each other even though they have so little."
What type of nursing does Carr feel most drawn to?
“I love working with children, so I’d love to go into pediatrics, maybe in the ER. But I also love exploring and adventuring, so I’m also considering a travel or Navy nurse.
"Nurse Camp is a good way to explore the medical field,” she continues. “It's just pretty cool that I get to have this opportunity.”
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