Position Type: Volunteer
Camp Lilac nurses are a part of a multifaceted leadership team that works to provide a safe space for gender-diverse youth in a supportive, youth-focused environment. They are responsible for all facets of health care for all campers and staff, within their legal scope of practice as nurses. During camp, they live and work full time at camp for the duration of the session or sessions.
This is a volunteer position.
Must be licensed as an RN who can practice in the state of Ohio
Must have current First Aid and CPR certification
Must be able to travel around camp, with or without accommodation
Must enjoy working with youth
Must be familiar with and sensitive to the unique needs of transgender and gender diverse youth
Experience working in pediatric or emergency settings is preferred, but not an absolute requirement
Before Camp (Optional):
Work with the leadership team to have evidence-based health policies for camp, including but not limited to infection control, immunization, and medication policies
Review all camper health forms to ensure that campers are fit to participate in camp and that the camp nurses and other staff can meet any special health care or disability-related needs
Ensure that we have prescriber authorizations for all medications to be administered at camp
Check inventory of first aid supplies, PRN medications, supplies for screening staff and campers as they enter (e.g., COVID tests and thermometers), and other supplies stocked in the Health Center (e.g., sunscreen, bug repellant, and sanitary supplies). Order ample supplies of all kinds for the beginning of camp
Communicate with parents before camp:
Immediately after camper registration, concerning expectations for prescription medications to be brought to camp
For campers with special health needs during camp, for complete information, and to reassure parents that we can care for their camper
One month before camp begins, about any gaps in the health forms and prescriber authorizations for campers
Two weeks before check-in, concerning the Health Center check-in procedure
Conduct any CDC-recommended screenings upon arrival of both staff and campers
Provide a safe storage space for staff prescription medications.
Staff administers their own medications, we simply provide safe storage.
During staff orientation, provide information on sanitation, infection control, and any special staff or camper needs that others need to know about (for example, epilepsy, severe allergies, or diabetes)
Receive and document all medications received from parents for campers
Check to ensure that medications we receive match the medications reported by parents and authorized by prescribers
If necessary, coach parents to contact the prescriber for any needed updates
At camper orientation, provide information about Health Center services and infection control
Provide ongoing health guidance and education as needed
With other nurses, provide in-person coverage for the Health Center during all waking hours, and shared overnight on-call coverage
Administer medications for campers at meals, bedtime, and PRN
Document all medications using our current electronic medical record system (at this writing, CampDoc).
Manage illnesses, injuries, and any other health complaints for both campers and staff
Provide a safe space to isolate any campers or staff with infectious disease
Document all incidents and interventions using our current electronic medical record system
Determine when campers and staff need care outside of camp at an urgent care or emergency room, for illness of injury that cannot be adequately treated at camp.
Communicate with parents if at all possible, both before and after transporting camper to outside health care.
Accompany any camper or staff (if needed) to outside health care.
Document all outside care using our current electronic medical record system.
Send a summary of outside health care to the camper’s prescriber.
Maintain close communication with camp mental health providers.
Return any unused medications to each camper’s parents
Report to parents any health care incidents or unusual situations, as needed
Provide parents with any needed communication for the camper’s usual health care provider
Ensure that staff has safely recovered their prescription medications before leaving
Pack and inventory remaining first aid supplies, PRN medications, screening supplies, and other supplies stocked in the Health Center
After Camp (Optional):
Provide written recommendations for changes for the following camp year
Participate in revising health forms and health policy