Career Definition of a Summer Camp Nurse
For individuals looking for seasonal work that takes advantage of their nursing qualifications, a summer camp nurse could be a great option. A summer camp nurse will work directly with camp participants to assist with injuries and illnesses, and should be ready to deal with anything from a bee sting to a broken ankle. Camp nurses are also often required to provide emotional support, for example with homesickness, or bullying within the camp. Depending on the size of the camp, these nurses could be required to work alone or as part of a team, making critical decisions on patient care. They may also be required to obtain and keep records on allergies, medical histories, and medications of all camp participants.
|Educational Requirements||Diploma, associate's degree or bachelor's degree|
|Job Skills||Pediatric nursing skills, quick thinking, attention to detail, pleasant and welcoming manner|
|Median Pay (2017)*||$33.65 per hour (Registered Nurses)|
|Job Outlook (2016-26)*||15% (Registered Nurses)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Individuals who want to become a summer camp nurse will usually be required to hold a diploma, associate's degree or bachelor's degree in nursing and hold an active registered nurse license. This requires taking and passing the NCLEX-RN exam, which tests application of the knowledge learned in nursing school. Summer camp nurses will likely be required to have current CPR qualifications.
Summer camp nurses, as with all nurses, will need quick thinking, decision making, and organizational skills. The often remote nature of summer camps could add another layer of complexity to the job; the ability to work without direct guidance, and the potential need to improvise without a full medical care facility immediately available could be necessary. Candidates with a background in pediatric nursing will often be preferred, and emergency or trauma care would be useful skills to be able to demonstrate as well.
Career Outlook & Salary
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median salary of registered nurses as a whole was $70,000 in 2017. However, most camp nurse positions will likely offer hourly pay, given the seasonal and/or temporary nature of the job. The BLS reports the median hourly pay for registered nurses was $33.65 in 2017. The career outlook for registered nurses is much faster than average, predicted to be 15% growth from 2016-2026.
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