Volunteer Camp Nurse for Children with Chronic Illness- One Week Residential
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by The ELM Project (formerly Camp AmeriKids)
46 Bowen Rd
46 Bowen Rd
TITLE: Volunteer Camp Nurse
PROGRAM: Camp AmeriKids- Residential Camp
REPORTS TO: Nurse Facilitator
LOCATION: Warwick, NY
DATES: Friday evening August 3rd- Saturday late pm August 11th
ABOUT THE ELM PROJECT:
The ELM Project enhances the lives of underserved youth living with chronic illness (primarily HIV and sickle cell disease) 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, infected/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 healthcare 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 healthcare 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 Camper Arrival (during orientation):
─ Review all charts to prepare for camper arrival
─ Meet with Group Leaders and Counselors of assigned cabin to review campers
─ Attend camp orientations
─ Participate in camper pickup day in NYC (travel provided)
Working with Campers during the week at AmeriKids:
─ Organize for medication administration
─ Administer medication to campers in their cabins
─ Provide infirmary coverage in 8hr shifts
─ Maintain health records
─ Ensure that controlled substances are secure
─ Spend time with assigned cabins
─ At the end of camp session, help with the breakdown of the infirmary, check medicine & equipment for expiration dates, and send equipment to storage
- Perform other duties as necessary
- New York State Nursing License and CPR Certification are required.
- Nursing degree with at least 1 year of experience;
- Excellent written and oral communications skills;
- Preferred Experience:
o Pediatric nursing experience ideally with children with chronic illnesses
o Experience with triage
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
- Training Provided
- Housing Available