Being a Camp Nurse

Health Center (Inter#260C7E

Vega boasts a very well-equipped health center with multiple state-of-the-art treatment rooms, air conditioning and organized supply rooms to provide the most efficient and comfortable care to campers and staff.

Why be a Camp Nurse?

Do you truly enjoy working with children? Do you love being outdoors? Is a sense of community important to you? Do you enjoy being flexible?  If so, Camp Nursing is a rewarding opportunity to care for others in a non-traditional setting. Working in a camp environment provides a fun, challenging experience and opportunities for growth and leadership in a camp community.

Camp nursing practice can be an empowering and wonderful experience. It is also work. It is a practice setting where comfort with autonomy is necessary, where the working day may not be defined by eight hours, and where the professional nurse is valued. Camp practice enjoys the enthusiasm of young people, the serenity of campfires, and a sunrise over the lake.

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Camp Nurse Opportunities

  • Camp Vega hires RNs, LPNs, and nursing students with all types of nursing backgrounds
  • Work with a team of 5 to 6 other nurses
  • Rotating doctor in residence
  • Camper population is approximately 300 campers, ages 6 to 16 and 180 staff
  • Camp is within 30 minutes of a hospital

Camp Nurse Responsibilities

  • Dispense meds
  • First aid for minor injuries
  • Ensure health and safety of campers and staff
  • Daily sick call
  • Weekly health checks
  • Communicating specific camper health needs (allergies, special diets) to staff
  • Medical record keeping
  • Communicating with local doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies
  • Communicating with parents
  • Accompany sick/injured campers or staff to the hospital or to medical appointments
  • Be a “summer aunt” to our campers
  • Participate in camp activities and events

Qualifications and Requirements

  • RN or LPN degree (or nursing student-to assist in Health Center)
  • Flexible — able to adapt to different environments and schedules
  • Confidence in nursing skills
  • Responsible, hard-working
  • Good bedside manner, friendly and personable
  • Strong assessment abilities
  • Prior experience with children (does not have to be in a medical capacity)
  • Enjoy an active lifestyle
  • Team player
  • Willing to obtain appropriate state licensure (camp will reimburse)
  • ER and/or pediatric unit experience preferred, but not required
  • New nursing graduates and nurses with families are welcome

Vega Nurse Benefits 

  • Competitive salary plus all living expenses including housing, meals, laundry and internet.
  • Accommodations attached to Health Center or in separate staff housing
  • Private bedroom
  • Meals provided in camp dining hall
  • WIFI available in your living accommodations
  • Camp uniforms provided
  • Personal cars permitted on camp-grounds and should you choose not to bring your own, there will be an opportunity for you to reserve a camp car when you choose.

Work Schedule

Our camp makes an effort to create shifts to fit the needs of the nursing staff, in addition to the overall needs of the camp. Our Health Center is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your work schedule will be a variation of the following:

  • 8-1/2 to 10-hour shift which may be broken up during the day
  • One to two days off per week
  • May be asked to cover a night shift at least once during your stay at camp

Come join the Camp Vega family, and have unforgettable summers and friends for years to come!  

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