Summer RN - Beautiful San Juan Islands, WA!

Camp Nor'wester
Johns Island
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
United States
Summer Camp - Overnight
Sleep-Away Camp
Experience Required
$13,000.00 to $14,000.00 Per Year
Job Description
Now is your chance to work in the beautiful San Juan Islands of Washington State!
We are an 88-yr old summer camp that offers two, one-month sessions. We are looking for a Nurse who loves working with kids, appreciates nature and the beauty of rustic living, and brings a strong desire to help our campers have a meaningful and healthy summer!
Contract dates for Summer 2023 are negotiable - please contact us for more information.
Camp Nor'wester
Summer Staff Opportunity - Nurse

Minimum Qualifications for any Position at Camp Nor’wester

1.       A genuine interest in working/living with and teaching children

2.       Ability to relate to one's peer group

3.       Ability to accept supervision and guidance

4.       Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control

5.       Good character, integrity, and adaptability


Minimum Qualifications for Nurse

1.       Licensed in Washington State as a Registered Nurse

2.       Experience with children and young adults desirable

3.       Ability to originate, update, and/or monitor health care, maintain records, and implement the health care plan

4.       Current CPR and first aid certifications

5.       Desire to work and live in a camp community

6.       Sense of humor

7.       Ability to handle stress and work independently

8.       Minimum of two years nursing experience.

9.       Desired minimum age of 21


Camp Goals

  • Establish a wholesome community based on trust, respect and appreciation for others
  • Support personal development in the areas of maturity, self-confidence, respect for others and themselves
  • Encourage the acquisition and development of recreational and work skills
  • Provide the opportunity to develop an appreciation and respect for the natural surroundings


Accountable To: Camp Director


General Responsibility

To be the health manager for the camp; work with the camp director and staff to prepare for camper arrivals and educate and train staff in appropriate health care and first aid procedures.


Specific Responsibilities

Before Camp:

1.       Clean and prepare health center for use; remove brush from paths to and from the HC

2.       Review all camper and staff health forms for possible allergies to foods, medications, and/or pollen.  If some are found, notify the kitchen, directors, and counselors.

3.       Prepare, and restock as needed, first aid kits for all units, departments, and out-camp trips

4.       Inventory all supplies and notify directors of purchases needed

5.       Assist in first aid presentation during staff training

6.       Meet with island doctor to review standing orders and health care plan

7.       Talk with parents of campers who have special health problems

8.       Make presentation to staff on Blood Borne Pathogens and Universal Precautions

General Responsibility

To provide health care and health supervision of campers and staff; supervise health and cleanliness standards


Specific Responsibilities

Opening Camp:

1.       Visit with all units to check campers for obvious health needs

2.       Collect all medications from campers


During Camp:

1.       Distribute all medications during meals

2.       Have "office hours" after meals to see campers with medical/nursing non-emergency needs

3.       Make judgments regarding the necessity of sending campers to the doctor or dentist

4.       Check unit showers and bathrooms for cleanliness weekly.  If not clean, report to directors and Camp Operations

5.       Isolate campers who may be infectious

6.       Keep health center clean

7.       Order supplies as necessary to replenish stock (through director), keeping track of all additions to inventory

8.       Before sending camper/staff to physician check with camp Director

9.       Contact parents/guardians of campers needing outside medical attention; or if admitted to Health Center for over 24hours.

10.   Establish and follow appropriate medical routines including record keeping in the daily medical log, disposal of medical waste, managing and safeguarding medications, and utilizing approved standing orders.

11.   Coordinate coverage of the health center

12.   Keep accident/incident reports that can be used for risk-management assessment

13.   Prepare forms needed to accompany campers/staff to clinic

14.   Keep Directors informed of significant illnesses, injuries and treatments


End of Camp:

1.       Inventory supplies on form provided and determine what needs to be ordered for the following year

2.       Wash and store bed and pillow linen

3.       Clean health center

4.       Label and store all equipment/supplies.  Keep outdated or near outdated medications in separate box for disposal or give away

5.       Prepare a summary of the camp season from the nursing perspective and make recommendations for the following season.


Essential Functions

  1. Ability to assist campers and staff in an emergency (fire, injury, evacuation)
  2. Cognitive and communication abilities to relay health and emergency information in writing and by phone to physician and parents
  3. Physical ability to transfer patients

4.       Visual ability to read prescriptions and health forms

5.       Ability to dispense medications

6.       Visual ability to observe unspoken symptoms and other non-verbal cues about health and well-being.

Job Requirements
* Current nursing license to practice in WA state (or eligible) and 2+ years experience required
* Please contact our office for specific information on contract dates 425-670-1935
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Sheila Tallmon
PO Box 1055
Edmonds WA 98020
United States
Camp Nor'wester Sheila Tallmon