Nurse Camp

Nurse Camp

Applications for the 2020 MultiCare Nurse Camp will be accepted starting January 6, 2020

MultiCare Nurse Camp

Are you a current high school sophomore, junior or senior wondering what it would be like to be a nurse or allied health professional?

MultiCare Nurse Camp is a unique opportunity to explore these exciting careers — and thanks to gracious donations from a variety of community organizations and businesses, including MultiCare, Nurse Camp is FREE!

Our goal is to encourage, inspire, and support students who are considering nursing or allied health professions, such as pharmacy, radiology, or physical therapy.

At the 2020 MultiCare Nurse Camp, July 13-17, 8:30am - 4pm, you’ll join professional nurses and other allied health care providers as they care for patients in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Cancer Center, Labor & Delivery, Pediatric Care, and Adult Surgical Care areas at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. You will also participate in hands-on station rotations, mock codes, and even visit a local nursing school. In short, you’ll get a firsthand, behind the scenes look at the multifaceted world of nursing and allied health.

What's Offered?

MHS Nurse Camp 2018 Students

The 2020 MultiCare Nurse Camp, July 13-17, is a free, five-day camp based out of MultiCare Tacoma General and MultiCare Mary Bridge Children's Hospitals, and is held from approximately 8:30am - 4pm, daily.

At the end of Nurse Camp, you’ll walk away with nursing skills, knowledge of health careers, nursing scrubs, new friends, a more focused future, and wonderful memories. Completion of the MultiCare Nurse Camp is an excellent addition to college and employment applications.

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Who Can Apply?

MHS Nurse Camp 2018 Student with Nurse

Current high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in Pierce, South King, Kitsap, and north Thurston Counties, who are interested in nursing or other health-related careers and motivated to learn more, are eligible to apply.

Approximately 110 students who are current sophomores, juniors and seniors at the time of application, and have not participated before in MultiCare Nurse Camp, will be accepted.

Students will be admitted based on a total score awarded for all elements of their application, including a personal statement and a reference, as outlined on the application checklist.



The 17th annual Nurse Camp 2020 application will be open January 6, 2020 and close March 6, 2020 at 5pm.

We will follow-up with applicants during the first week of May 2020.

Contact Us

Questions? Please email [email protected]. A response will be delivered within 24-48 business hours.


Do you enjoy working with high school youth? Are you interested in supporting the operations of Nurse Camp and providing encouragement to students interested in pursuing a health care career?

If so, please consider volunteering at our 17th Annual Nurse Camp: July 13- 17, 2020. Volunteers are essential to the success of the Nurse Camp! All volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Days and hours are negotiable. Health care experience is welcomed, but not required. To volunteer, please email [email protected].


What kind of attire will I need to wear if I am accepted to the Nurse Camp?

Scrubs will be provided. Shoes must be closed toed. We recommend that shoes also be comfortable.

Can I turn in any of the required documents for the application late (i.e., letter of recommendation, transcript, application, and vaccination records)?

No, due to the popularity of our program we must adhere to the deadlines to be fair to all applicants and the Nurse Camp committee members that score the applications. Therefore, we will not accept late materials once the application closes at 5pm, March 6th.

Vaccination information is required.

Will I get accepted if I apply early?

Each application is examined and applicants are accepted based on a variety of factors. We do encourage one to apply early, however applicants MUST provide all the required/mandatory information on the application form. Please note: Due to the volume of applications we receive, only the first 250 complete applications will be considered.

How many persons are accepted in the camp?

Nurse Camp accepts approximately 110 campers each year.

Can I apply for camp if I attended camp in the past?

No. Due to limited space, we extend the application to those who have not had the opportunity to experience this our camp. You are only allowed to apply and be accepted to Nurse Camp only once.

Will I be allowed to attend camp if I am not from the counties listed?

Unfortunately, we will not accept applications from areas outside of the current listed counties.

How should reference forms be submitted?

Letter of recommendations must be uploaded in the allocated section of the application form. We will not accept paper or email submissions.

What is the cost of Nurse Camp?

Our camp is a totally free community based enrichment program — and thanks to gracious donations from a variety of community organizations and businesses, including MultiCare Health System Nurse is absolutely free.

When will I know if I am accepted?

Applicants who are accepted will initially be sent an email, using the address that was provided to us in your application. Campers will be notified around the first week of May. Subsequently, once accepted to attend Nurse Camp we will have additional required documents to be completed and returned to us at the mandatory orientation.

What should I do if I am not accepted for the Summer Camp?

Applicants who are not granted acceptance to our program are encouraged to reapply the following year if you are a sophomore or junior. A small number of students will be waitlisted; however, this does not guarantee admission to our program. Those students placed on a wait list will be contacted if space becomes available. If no space becomes available and you are not selected to attend camp this year, please reapply next year.

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Do I need to have any medical knowledge or experience to apply?

Medical experience/knowledge is NOT required to apply or attend Nurse Camp. This is an opportunity to participate in activities and job shadows to help you determine if pursuing a healthcare profession is right for you.

Will I be allowed to leave the camp early?

All campers are expected to stay for the duration of the camp (8:30am-4:00pm) and participate in all the activities unless previously arranged and authorized. If you are accepted and there is an emergency that arises, please let us know and we will make the necessary recommendations and/or accommodations for you.

Will I receive a confirmation if I apply online?

Yes, an auto response will generate and be sent to the email address that you provided in the application. All responses will be delivered to your email. Please remember to check your email frequently. Some email responses may automatically populate to your junk/spam folders.

How Do I Apply?

Applications and instructions can be found under the “Application” section above.

The MultiCare Nurse Camp application process is highly competitive. Due to the volume of applications we receive, only the first 250 complete applications will be considered. Therefore, early submittal of your application packet is highly recommended.

Questions? Please contact us at [email protected].