We are looking for exceptional people who are interested in working in an outdoor setting with children and adults who have vision loss and blindness, by serving as a Camp Staff for Highbrook Lodge.
Applicants should be compassionate and empathetic; interested in being apart of a special community; and invested in making a difference in the lives of others.
As a member of our team, you will be instrumental in ensuring that the 200 campers who visit camp each summer are having a safe and enjoyable experience at Highbrook Lodge.
Throughout the summer, we offer multiple sessions for campers, depending on their age, needs, and interests. These sessions include day trips; weekend trips; wilderness trips; week-long programs; family programs; and more. Many of our campers also have other special needs in addition to their vision loss and blindness, too. Because of the population we serve, there are many ways in which we work to adapt traditional camp activities (like canoeing, outdoor camping, archery, etc.) to ensure that all of our campers have a safe, interesting, and memorable experience at Highbrook. This is truly a rewarding job that takes a lot of energy, creativity, flexibility, and patience.
About Highbrook Lodge:
Highbrook Lodge has been providing a quality summer camp experience for individuals with vision loss and blindness for 90 years. We aim to assist our campers, aged 0 to 99, with their vision rehab process while providing a fun and safe outdoor environment. During each session, campers participate in adapted, structured programs tailored to meet their specific needs and interests. Camp is a close-knit community where everyone is accepted. It is a place where independence and self-sufficiency are encouraged, as well as friendships, play, and new experiences.
Our camp is located on a 60+ acre property in Chardon, Ohio -- close to Lake Erie and Cleveland. Highbrook Lodge has accessible facilities; a heated swimming pool; countless trails and sports fields; comfortable sleeping arrangements; and even an outdoor bowling lane!
ROOM/BOARD/MEALS/PAY: Private room, board and meals are included in addition to pay.
RESPONSIBLE TO: Camp Manager
POSITIONS SUPERVISED: Oversees the health care of all campers and staff.
BASIC FUNCTION: Provide nursing care to campers while at camp including routine daily care and emergency care. Daily care includes medication administration, routine nursing needs, diabetic care, seizure care, and supervision of dietary needs for campers (as required). Emergencies that arise may range from mildly acute to serious medical emergencies.
- Work with individuals of all ages with disabilities, especially those with vision loss and blindness, in an outdoor setting.
- Maintain confidentiality of information received about campers.
- Communicate verbally and in writing, prepare reports and evaluations, read instructions, manuals and camper information, and participate in staff meetings.
- Assist campers (60-300lbs.) with transfers from a wheelchair to a bed, chair and/or toilet.
- Assist campers with personal activities of daily living (toileting, bathing, eating, mobility, dressing, etc.…) as needed.
- Lift and carry equipment, supplies and/or camper luggage weighing 50lbs over 30 yards.
- Read and interpret health forms, doctor notes, standing orders and medication labels.
- Apply knowledge of nursing skills to care for the daily and emergency health care needs of campers and staff.
- Maintain and monitor the overall health, wellness, and safety of the camp community.
- Honor curfews, schedules, policies, and procedures of Highbrook Lodge; including camp nursing program and procedures.
- Help maintain a healthy camp environment through daily camp clean up including sweeping, vacuuming, emptying trash, cleaning toilets, sinks, showers, etc. as needed.
- Have the mobility and capacity to independently orientate oneself around campgrounds; possess the ability to provide own signature.
- Familiarize self with standing orders signed by Physician annually.
- Read and familiarize self with camper health histories and physician physical sheets. Share need-to-know information with Camp Manager, Leadership Team and/or Cabin Leaders.
- Screen all campers and staff upon arrival at camp.
- Collect medications, store, and manage all camper and staff medication; at the end of the camp session, return meds to campers and/or caregivers.
- Pour and dispense medication and injections following written prescription or over-the-counter instructions to campers. Document all medication administered on MAR’s sheet.
- Provide nursing care for minor injuries including dispensing over-the-counter, non-prescribed drugs for staff and campers. Document all medication given on MAR’s sheet.
- Evaluate and make recommendations regarding health care needs if campers and/or staff condition would indicate this to be appropriate.
- Provide emergency nursing care for campers, staff, and visitors, including calling 911 or arranging transportation to a local hospital if needed.
- Communicate daily updates of overall health and wellness of campers and staff to Leadership Team.
- Maintain detailed, real time written health log documentation for campers and staff.
- Ensure first aid kits around camp are continually stocked with appropriate supplies.
- Ensure Nurse’s Office is continually stocked with over-the-counter medications and necessary medical supplies. Request more from Camp Manager if needed.
- Keep Nurse’s Office and attached bedroom/bathroom clean and tidy at all times.
- During staff orientation and at in-services assist in educating the staff on their role in health care and how to handle specific health and medical needs.
- Communicate with the families/caregivers of campers and/or other medical professionals as needed.
- Perform other duties and tasks that will be assigned that are within the scope and responsibility of the Camp Nurse position.