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Camp allows students first-hand look at nursing career

By Monica Fabunan
Public Relations

Established more than 10 years ago, the MUSC nursing camp partnered with the Charleston County School District to provide rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take a first hand look into the life of a nurse.

With the help of coordinators Cameron Mitchum, R.N., Melissa Dunkerley, R.N., and Weatherly Brice, R.N., the students participated in interactive lessons with MUSC nurses and took facility tours around the hospital for three days.

Coordinators and registered nurses Melissa Dunkerley, left, and Cameron Mitchum show the students different tubes and tools that nurses use. During the June 20 closing ceremony, rising juniors and seniors of Charleston County schools received their own stethoscope.
Coordinators and registered nurses Melissa Dunkerley, left, and Cameron Mitchum show the students different tubes and tools that nurses use. During the June 20 closing ceremony, rising juniors and seniors of Charleston County schools received their own stethoscope.

Starting each day at 9 a.m., students gathered in the university hospital lobby where they would meet their nurse coordinators. The students would then be taken to designated areas around the hospital to participate in lectures about infection control and options for education.

“They toured the simulation laboratory at the College of Nursing so they were able to touch and feel what we use for training new nurses,” said Brice.

For lunch, the camp received donations from Sodexo for meal tickets, and various departments offered daily giveaways.

A panel nurse discussion was also held on the last day of camp in which the campers were exposed to the various roles of nurses. This helped students get a better understanding of what type of nurse they want to be. After speaking with different nurses and seeing the setting and duties of nurses, one student discovered precisely what type of nurse she wants to become.

“I am still very interested in a health care profession but I am now looking into being an OR (operating room) nurse and a forensic nurse,” said Daja Gay, a rising senior at Fort Dorchester High School. “I changed my mind according to the different nurses we encountered during the nursing camp.”

The coordinators also provided interviewing tips as well as sample résumés and cover letters.

“My favorite thing about camp was the experience, exposure and new info,” said Brianna Brown, a rising senior at Burke High School. “After attending this camp, I am still interested in being a nurse because there are so many things you could choose to be.”

Students earned cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification cards after completing the required training, and each of them received a stethoscope at the closing ceremony.

The participating schools included Burke High School, Garret Technical Academy, West Ashley High School, Clark Academy, James Island Charter High School and R. B. Stall High School.

July 17, 2013
 
 
 

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