POSITION: Cabin Nurse
Responsible To: Health Center Director, Session Charge Nurse, and/or Assistant Session Charge Nurse
Qualifications: LPN, RN with current New Jersey license or graduate nurse from an accredited school of nursing
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Provides diabetes care with medical staff for campers and staff including administration of insulin and other medications.
2. Assists or supervises blood glucose monitoring.
3. Covers Health Center as assigned and assists with care and upkeep of Health Center and medical equipment.
4. Provides nursing coverage and first aid on out-of-camp trips as assigned.
5. Maintains medical records.
6. Provides formal and informal education in diabetes care to campers and staff.
7. Communicates with camper parents as needed.
8. Enforces all Camp Nejeda policies.
9. Attends medical meetings and educational sessions.
10. Completes counselors’ evaluations weekly.
11. Serves as role models for staff and campers.
12. Wears a fanny pack or backpack while on camp grounds, or trips. The fanny pack or backpack must contain the following:
a. Treatment supplies - glucose tabs, crackers, Instaglucose, glucagon, syringes and glucagon.
b. Testing supplies – glucometer, glucose test strips, lancets, alcohol wipes, gloves, 2x2s, and event cards.
13. All nurses are considered "On Duty" while on camp grounds and emergencies are responded to by all available staff.
14. Spend time assisting or observing the pump specialist and campers in the pump room.
15. Work night shift if needed.
16. All other duties as assigned by the Charge Nurse, Assistant Charge Nurse and/or Health Center Director.
The camp sessions for 2019 are as follows:
Session 1: June 30 - July 6th for ages 7-12
Session 2: July 7-19th for ages 12-15
Session 3: July 21-Aug 2 for ages 7-12
Session 4: Aug 4-16 for ages 13-16
Session 5: Aug 18-24 for ages 7-16
South Jersey Day Camp: July 8-12 and July 15-19
Manhattan Day Camp: August 5-9
Central Jersey Day Camp will run July 29-August 2
NOTE FROM ORGANIZATION:
Camp NEJEDA is a nonprofit organization that runs a medically based camp for children with diabetes. Every summer we have 8 weeks of overnight camp in Stillwater NJ, 1 week of day camp in South Jersey, 1 week in Central Jersey and 1 week of day camp in Manhattan, along with some weekend programs in the spring and fall. The nurses for the NY day camp are hired through Mount Sinai Medical Center because they are required to have a NY State nursing license. All of the nurses for the NJ camps are required to have an active NJ RN or LPN license. No other background in diabetes is required. All nurses that are new to camp, are signed on for at least 1 week in correlation with the sessions and are assigned 1 cabin each, that has no more than 8 diabetic campers. I have many nurses that prefer to work the 2 weeks of a 2 week session.
Nurses need to be at camp the Saturday before their week starts to move in and get an intro to their upcoming week. They will work 6 days and have one, 23 hour timeframe off which will vary depending on the week they work. Working hours are centered around the 3 meals and 1 evening snack scheduled per day. Even though the first aid station and the pump room (where pump sites are changed daily) needs to be covered throughout the day by the nurses, there is significant downtime in between meals. During their downtime, the nurses can observe or join camper activities such as boating, archery, arts & craft and more, or go into town (Newton is nearby). There is even an hour every afternoon that is set aside for the nurses to swim in the pool. I also encourage the nurses to participate in many of the entertaining lunch themes and evening activities. We have a tremendous amount of fun so I also require everyone to come with a sense humor. The nurses sleep in a temperature controlled dorm like setting and because of the early and late hours required to be there for meals, it is highly recommended that nurses sleep at the camp, unless she/he lives in close proximity to the camp. Room and board are free for all medical staff. Accommodations for the children of medical staff can possibly be arranged if necessary.
For more information about Camp Nejeda, please visit website- www.campnejeda.org