Twenty-two rising ninth
grade students attended the three-day Summer Nursing Camp June 7-9.
In its ninth year, the camp is a collaborative effort between MUSC and
the Charleston County School District. The students will attend West
Ashley, North Charleston, Burke and Academic Magnet high schools in the
The camp exposes students
to the different prospects of a career in nursing. On the first day of
camp, the students had the opportunity to visit the MUSC Simulation Lab
located in the College of Nursing. The students learned to perform
blood pressure tests, suction tracheotomy tubes and start peripheral
IVs utilizing the high-tech mannequins. The students, who said they
were excited to have hands-on experience, enjoyed having a chance to
practice common nursing skills in a realistic setting.
Registered nurse Brittany Meibers,
right, shows high school student Randy Jacques how to start an IV in
the College of Nursing's simulation lab.
The following day, the
students listened to speakers about a variety of topics. The students
learned how Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
standards help to keep nursing staff safe while they deliver care in
the ever changing health care setting. Stephanie Chomos, R.N.,
described the specialty of trauma and emergency nursing. The students
were able to ask questions about how nurses work in an uncharacteristic
Physical therapy technician Bill
Rentz explains how the Biodex isokinetic machine works to a high school
student. The machine can provide passive range of motion, resistance
for evaluation of strength, and for a strengthening program.
They also discussed
volunteering opportunities throughout MUSC and a representative from
the College of Nursing discussed the necessary qualifications needed
for nursing school entry. Students were given the chance to shadow
nurses in several units of the hospital, including 5E, 5W, 10W, 9E, 9W
and 3W Ashley River Tower.
Several students were
taken on tours through areas of the hospital such as radiology, CT/MRI
imaging, cardiac catherization areas, procedure areas and the physical
and occupational therapy gym. On their final day of camp, they were
given a three-hour CPR training session. The students watched a virtual
surgery DVD and reflected on their perception of nursing and the health
care field before and after their camp experience.
Students from schools in the
Charleston County School District demonstrate their CPR skills while
learning about different prospects in the health care industry. Many
MUSC staff members were helpful in volunteering their time and
knowledge to make the Summer Nursing Camp held in June a successful
event for these future potential health care workers.
In the closing ceremony,
students were presented with stethoscopes donated by Cardinal Health
representatives and given a certificate of completion.