Volunteer Nurse Facilitator Camp for Children with Chronic Illness
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by The ELM Project (formerly Camp AmeriKids)
Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
88 Hamilton Avenue
TITLE: Nurse Facilitator
PROGRAM: Camp AmeriKids
REPORTS TO: Medical Director
LOCATION: Stamford, CT (plus 1-2 weeks spent away each summer in Warwick, NY)
ABOUT THE ELM PROJECT:
The ELM Project enhances the lives of underserved youth living with chronic illness by providing an enriching summer camp experience and the tools for a healthy, independent future.
Camp AmeriKids is our first and longest running program. Camp AmeriKids is a free summer camp for youth between 8 and 16 who are, primarily, affected by HIV/AIDS and/or sickle cell disease. We help youth who might not normally be able to attend camp because of medical concerns and for one week in the summer we give them a traditional summer camp experience, all free of charge.
Camp AmeriKids is your average American summer camp with an added advantage – there is a comprehensive medical team living at camp available at all times to help our campers. Our medical staff allows youth living with sickle cell, HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses to have a great time at camp while their families know their health and well-being are monitored and are our top priority.
In addition to our medical staff, we have a Wellness Team overseen by a mental health professional who is on site at all times. There is one child specialist with each age group to assist counselors and staff members in managing any challenges associated with living in a new environment.
Besides daily lessons in film, spoken word poetry, drama, sports, and more, we have a slew of special events. These include luaus, carnivals, a talent show and of course campfires and s’mores!
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Preparation for Camp AmeriKids (approximately 4-6 weeks in Stamford, CT):
─ Review all charts for medical & psychosocial problems. Consult with team to determine if the camper’s needs can be met at camp.
─ Enter medical data (diagnosis, allergies, medications) into online program
─ Assist in the recruitment of Nurse Practitioner students for the summer camp session(s)
─ Review nursing applications & assist in selecting NP students.
─ Develop list of camper needs by assigning nursing levels to each camper. Nursing levels are entered into camp program and determine the number of nurses for each cabin.
─ Order medicines and other supplies for camp, as needed
─ Check current medical equipment to ensure that it is fully operational
─ Prepare all medical paperwork for the camp session(s) (i.e. list of campers with specific illnesses, allergies by cabin, immunizations, etc.)
─ Merge new paper and online applications with old charts
─ Check volunteer charts to ensure all medical requirements are in order (immunizations, physicals, etc.).
While at Camp AmeriKids (approximately 1-2 weeks in Warwick, NY):
─ Set up infirmary – obtain equipment from storage, unpack charts, paperwork, etc.
─ Check in all volunteer staff upon arrival & screen for illnesses
─ Orient nurses to camp routine and develop work schedule for nurses
─ Organize and prepare for camper arrival, including helping to supervise camper arrival and screening on pick-up day in NYC
─ Assist nurses in getting organized for medicine administration
─ Ensure that controlled substances are secure
─ Serve as main focal point in the camp infirmary and maintain order and organization throughout the session(s)
─ Support doctors and nurses in making medical decisions for campers
─ Play role on the leadership team during camp session(s), including attending daily meetings, speaking on behalf of the infirmary if Medical Director is not present, etc.
─ Assist in transporting campers home or to the hospital, as needed
─ At the end of camp session(s), help with the breakdown of the infirmary, check medicine & equipment for expiration dates, and send equipment to storage
- Perform other duties as necessary to support The ELM Project and Camp AmeriKids vision.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills;
- Experience with triage in a medical setting;
- Nursing degree with at least 5 years of experience;
- Experience working with children ages 7-16;
- Experience with diverse and/or highly stigmatized populations;
- Pediatric nursing experience with children with chronic illnesses;
- Ability to learn new information technology systems;
- Ability to think creatively to solve problems in stressful situations; and
- New York State Nursing License and CPR Certification are required.
Personal Success Factors:
- Ability to work independently and as a part of a team;
- Ability to shift focus on work tasks on short notice;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and strong communications skills;
- Ability to be flexible, persistent and diplomatic;
- Strong organizational skills, comfortable multi-tasking and working in a fast-paced, changing work environment; and
- Passion for our mission and the desire to work with children in a medical setting.
*Position is unpaid volunteer with flexible weekly hours in Stamford, CT and a stipend is provided for $1000 per week spent onsite at camp and free room and board (typically 1-2 weeks on site)
- Stipend Provided