NP's and PA's - Get paid to spend next week in California (Aug 6-13)

Kennolyn Camps
Santa Cruz, CA
United States

Job Start Date
Job End Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
Employment Type
Summer Camp - Overnight
Work Schedule
Sleep-Away Camp
No Travel

Job Description

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.

Job Requirements
-Strong desire to work with children.
-Ability and desire to work in and around an outdoor environment.
-Current Licensure as a Registered Nurse, Nurse Practioner, or Physician’s Assistant in California, without restriction.
-Experiential knowledge base equivalent to one-year acute care nursing is desirable. Experience with pediatric patients (acute care, outpatient or school nursing) is preferred.
-Current BLS certification is required. ACLS, and/or PALS is preferred.
-Documented Hepatitis B immunization status
-Verification of negative TB skin test (or chest x-ray) within past 24 months
-Excellent pediatric and adult communication skills.
-Personality traits i.e.: integrity, enthusiasm, flexibility, patience, responsibility, compassion, excellent communication skills and sense of humor.
-Critical thinking skills are a must.

Authority and Responsibility of Health Care Coordinator:
-Develop Health Center Plan and coordinate all health care functions in coordination with Medical Director and Camp Director
-Meet with Medical Director and Camp Director annually to evaluate the medical treatment procedures and update according to ACA standards.
-Provide Health Care Orientation to summer staff.
-Available 24-hours a day for telephone consultation with Health Center Staff, Medical Director and Camp Director.
-Medical liaison with Medical Director, community physicians, Valley Children’s Hospital and local EMS.
-Open and close Health Center and inventory and maintain supplies.
-Delegate tasks and collaborate with second nurse.
-Retrospective review of all incident reports requiring medical intervention. If recommendations for changes are identified, submit written report to Camp Director.

Authority and Responsibility of Camp Nurses
-Dispense camper and counselor medications
-Provide first-aid and health care
-Monitor sick campers and staff (day and overnight)
-Adhere to Kennolyn Camps Health Center Job Description, Emergency Plan and Kennolyn Staff Health -Orientation, Health Center Directives, and Health Center Interventions & Standards of Care
-Adhere to the Delivery of Advanced First Aid (American Red Cross) and BLS (American Heart Association)
-Inspect, re-stock, and re-issue first aid kits for office (extras available for trips/outpost), dock, and boats, vans etc.
-Screen campers upon arrival at camp per ACA standards and conduct screening of all campers and staff once per session.
-Verification of all campers’ and staff current Health Record on file in Health Center/on CampMinder and signed Permission Form for Emergency Medical Care.
-Daily evaluation and maintenance of health and hygiene issues.
-Maintain treatment & phone log within CampMinder (software program).
-Submit daily written summary report to Camp Director regarding significant health care issues of campers and staff.
-Oversee completion of all Incident Forms in a timely fashion (within 24 hours of the event). Submit copy with daily nurse’s report.
-Evaluate and determine necessity for off-site medical or dental care. Make appointments as necessary and arrange for transportation [typically the nurse’s personal vehicle is used].
-Communicate directly with parents and Camp Director regarding health and hygiene issues of concern.
-Communication with cabin counselors, Health Center staff and Camp Director about health and safety of campers and staff.
-Report all suspected cases of child abuse to the Camp Director
-Ensure campers, staff, and support staff meet all applicable safety requirements.
-Conduct a weekly inventory of supplies and request stock as necessary.
-Weekly inspection of kitchen and sanitary facilities in camper’s area.
-Communicate with Fresno County Department of Health on an as needed basis.
Kennolyn Camps
Andrew Townsend
60900 La Salle Lane
Lakeshore CA 93634
United States
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