Spend 7 days providing health care to campers and staff on California’s beautiful central coast.
Kennolyn Camps in Santa Cruz, CA is seeking nurses for our last week of camp.
Arrive August 6 or 7 (we can meet you at the airport if needed) and stay until August 13.
Our modern health center has a work area and four well-appointed bedrooms with private bathrooms. Our protocols are well laid out and comprehensive and we have the support of a remote Health Manager and a local family doctor.
We have 204 campers and 100 staff.
Pay is $1200 for the week and airfare (or gas) support up to $300. If you have campers you want to bring with you, let’s talk about trading your services for their camp experience.
Kennolyn seeks a Registered Nurse to coordinate and administer the camp Health Care program in collaboration with the Camp Director and Medical Director. The Health Care Coordinator is a paid live-in position for the summer season. The Coordinator works alongside one other Registered Nurse / Nurse Practitioner / Physician’s Assistant to provide care for approximately 70 campers and 25 staff. The camp is located on Huntington Lake, CA, two hours away from the nearest hospital. Emergency services are well established in the area through the volunteer fire department who also house two volunteers and an engine at camp.
What is a Camp Nurse?
Camp nursing is a challenging and unique form of nursing but is also extremely rewarding. Working at Kennolyn Huntington Lake is an opportunity to practice child- centered care in an exceptional and remote outdoor environment. It is a role that requires patients, empathy, endurance and a willingness to jump in and help wherever there is a need.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to, taking a lead in coordinating health staff and proper delegation, clinic set up and supply ordering, review of all health forms prior to the start of each session, the day to day health care of campers and staff, monitoring of infection control and cleanliness, daily medication administration, communication and collaboration with kitchen staff about specific allergies or dietary requirement, emergency response and coordination, and health promotion and education.
Camp Nurses wear many hats with a large amount of time being the camp parent attending to the emotional needs and supporting anxious or homesick kids. Sick campers may spend the night in the Health Center which can bring some sleepless nights. Overnight call and coordinating breaks during each session is shared with the other nurse on site.
The Health Center has six rooms and one shared full bathroom: an exam room, three rooms for sick campers, and two rooms for nurses. Rooms are simple 10x10 with a twin bed, end table, dresser, and wardrobe. Laundry machines are also connected to the building making it a hub of activity. While nurses do have their private room to retreat, living at camp is a rustic, communal experience. Although summer camp is an unconventional working environment, often fun and relaxed, it is important to remember all of the same standards of professionalism still apply. Before taking this position it is important to think about how you will handle these conditions and if camp nursing is for you.