Popular 'Camp Scrubs' celebrates tenth anniversary | Events
This year 20 Tucson middle-school students will learn what it takes to be a registered nurse in the coming week, as they attend the University of Arizona Medical Center’s ‘Camp Scrubs’.
This is the tenth year UAMC has hosted this popular summer camp. Each camp is a partnership with Arizona Youth University, a summer youth program of the University of Arizona. Activities occur at both the University Campus and the UA Colleges of Medicine and Nursing.
During Camp Scrubs, which runs June 10-14, students will hear from nurses in a variety of specialties, including emergency services, infection control, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiovascular services and perioperative services. They also will shadow working nurses, learn about nursing degrees offered through the UA and Pima Community College and receive training and certification in first aid and CPR.
Some of the favorite activities of campers include visiting the air evac helicopter on the hospital’s helipad, “holding squishy parts” in Pathology and practicing their technique in a simulation lab where they get to put in central lines, perform CPR and deliver babies on medical mannequins.
“It’s the same thing that residents and medical students do,” said Jo Anne Kane, RN, in a recent news release. Kane is the nursing informatics manager, who also co-directs Camp Scrubs with Lori Maré, RN, a clinical nurse supervisor.
Maré underscored that encouraging seventh- and eighth-grade students to think about nursing as a possible career gives them time to adjust their high school coursework with an eye toward getting into nursing school. With more than 1,000 registered nurses on staff, The University of Arizona Medical Center can introduce students to a vast array of nursing specialties, she said.
In 2003, The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus was the first hospital in Arizona to earn the Nurse Magnet Hospital designation from the American Nurses Association, and it remains the only hospital in Southern Arizona to win this prestigious “Nobel Prize for nursing.” Magnet Hospital designation is held by only two percent of all acute-care hospitals in the United States.