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Camp Nurses and Nursing Assistants

Camp Nursing Staff work in our camp health centers and are responsible for all health-related care of campers and staff. Camp Nurses are the primary medical staff in camp and administer medication, assess medical needs and provide emergency care as needed. Nursing Assistants work alongside our Camp Nurses and assist them with daily routines and camper supervision in the infirmary.

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Camp Nurse

Position Description:

  • Responsible for all health-related care of campers and staff at camp. Duties include: medication, distribution, health education teaching and maintenance, emergency care, referrals to camp doctor, nursing care of campers and staff requiring short-term bed rest, communication of pertinent medical information to The Fresh Air Fund office and parents, and maintaining medical records and logs.
  • Conduct physical screening of all staff and children and review their health histories and physical examinations within twenty-four hours of their arrival at camp.
  • Camp Nurses are the primary medical staff in camp and report directly to the Camp Director and Senior Camp Nurse.
  • Nurses are provided with private rooms at their assigned camp and eat meals in the camp dining hall. They are encourage to participate in the general camp program as much as possible.
  • Follow standing order issues by Medical Director.
  • Assess medical needs of any child or staff member entering the infirmary and provide treatment as necessary or refer to a medical facility, hospital or specialist.
  • Administer medications as prescribed.
  • Log all treatments and medications administered in staff or camper logbook and in each individual’s file.
  • Make periodic checks to ascertain that kitchen, dining hall, bathrooms and cabins are clean and sanitary.
  • On-call at all times except during scheduled time off.
  • Communicate with Senior camp Nurse on all serious matters.
  • Following consultation with the Camp Director, make mandated reports to Dutchess County Department of Health about: injuries or illnesses which result in death or which require resuscitation or admission to a hospital; injures which involve bone fractures; lacerations requiring stitches; physical or sexual abuse allegations; illnesses suspected of being water, food, or airborne, or spread by contact; an epi-pen administration, and potential rabies contact with animals.
  • Participate in camp orientation and trainings throughout the summer.
  • Time off will be approved by the Senior Camp Nurse and in coordination with the Camp Director and other camp nurses on Sharpe Reservation.
  • Understand that campers come first and decisions should be made in the best interest of the campers.
  • Explain and enforce the policies, traditions and rules of camp.
  • Strive to work in a cooperative manner with fellow staff to achieve goals of the program.
  • Invest time with campers to meet their needs, challenge their capabilities, and serve as a role model during their time at camp.
  • Assume responsibility for the use and care of camp equipment and facilities.
  • Be totally familiar with emergency procedures and follow them when necessary.


Summer salary:

Salaries start at $8,000 for full-summer contracts and include room, board and travel reimbursement.


Qualifications:

  • Must be currently licensed as a Registered Nurse of a Licensed Practical Nurse in New York State OR must be a graduate of a Nursing Program with plans to take the State Board of Nursing Exam by September 1.
  • Must have or obtain a New York State license. We will pay for the necessary fees to obtain a license if an applicant does not have one.
  • B.S. in nursing preferred; minimum of AA degree required.
  • Must have a current Professional level CPR certificate, not exceeding one year in duration, issued by a certifying agency determined by the New York State Department of Health, or participate in The Fresh Air Fund’s certification course. Must have a current ARC Responding to Emergencies certification or participate in The Fresh Air Fund’s certification course.
  • At least one year of nursing experience required, preferably in pediatrics.
  • Must be professional, flexible, caring, enjoying working with children and be able to work in a structured residential setting.
  • Must have strong assessment skills.
  • While we prefer nurses to work the full camp season, we can consider half season employment. Please contact camping@freshair.org with any questions about availability.

Nursing Assistant

Position Description:

  • Assist camp nurses with daily routines and parent phone calls.
  • Help with chores in the infirmary, including but not limited to: camper laundry, cleaning, making beds, restocking items, supply inventory, etc.
  • Chaperone and supervise sick campers returning home early by train or car to New York City when needed.
  • Accompany campers to local hospitals and clinics when needed.
  • Provide supervision for campers staying overnight in the infirmary.
  • Help with chores around the infirmary such as camper laundry, cleaning, making beds and restocking items.
  • Assist with other tasks to assist the nurses or camp program as necessary.
  • Understand that campers come first and decisions should be made in the best interest of the campers.
  • Explain and enforce the policies, traditions and rules of camp.
  • Strive to work in a cooperative manner with fellow staff to achieve goals of the program.
  • Invest time with campers to meet their needs, challenge their capabilities, and serve as a role model during their time at camp.
  • Assume responsibility for the use and care of camp equipment and facilities.
  • Be totally familiar with emergency procedures and follow them when necessary.


Summary salary:

Salaries start at $2,400 and include room and board.


Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age by the start of camp.
  • Should be currently enrolled in college in a nursing or medical related field.
  • A background in nursing or a related medical field is preferred.
  • Willing to live in cabins with campers.
  • Passionate about working with children.
  • Interested in working and living in the outdoors for the summer.
  • Emotionally mature with a willingness to work as a team player.
  • Flexible and willing to accept challenges and step outside comfort zone.
  • Able to maintain a positive attitude.
  • Available for the entire duration of the summer program.