A summer camp is planned next month in Scottsbluff for high school students who are considering the field of nursing.
Dr. Liane Connelly, assistant dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, says the two-day camp is free to qualifying Panhandle students.
“It provides an opportunity for us to reach out and recruit a diverse, disadvantaged applicant pool of potential nursing students, high schoolers, who are thinking about a career in nursing,” Dr. Connelly says.
The summer camp offers students a chance to learn about the profession up-close and see if nursing might fit with their own career goals.
“The activities they would be involved in would include a lot of hands-on activities,” Connelly says, “like learning how to do assessments, how to listen to heart sounds, how to do blood pressures, how to assess different health statuses of people, working with simulated mannequins.”
Many high school students haven’t figured out what they want to do for their careers but she says this summer camp will offer them a good look at an in-demand position in the health care industry.
A study from the Nebraska Center for Nursing finds 34% of the RNs in Nebraska are approaching retirement age, while nearly 2,700 new nursing positions will be created by 2020.
“The summer camp provides the opportunity for the high schooler to visit and get to know some of the UNMC nursing students,” Connelly says. “They get a sense from them what it’s like to be a student in the nursing program. They also have the chance to interact with registered nurses who can also share with them their experiences and what it’s like to work in the profession of nursing.”
The camp runs July 22nd and 23rd in Scottsbluff. For registration information, contact Bobbi Hartshorn at (308) 632-0410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.