"Camp Scrubs" Celebrates Decade of Introducing Middle-Schoolers to Nursing Careers

Jun 5, 2013
Twenty Tucson middle-school students will learn what it takes to be a registered nurse next week at The University of Arizona Medical Center’s “Camp Scrubs.”
This is the 10th year that UAMC has hosted the popular summer camp, which is offered in partnership with Arizona Youth University, a summer youth program of the University of Arizona. Activities occur at 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.
Favorite activities of campers are 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, nursing informatics manager, who co-directs Camp Scrubs with Lori Mar√©, RN, 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 2 percent of all acute-care hospitals in the United States.
About The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus
The 487-bed teaching hospital on the campus of the Arizona Health Sciences Center consistently is listed among the nation’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.  For four of the past five years, it was named a Top 10 Leader in Quality by the University HealthSystem Consortium. The hospital is part of The University of Arizona Health Network, the state’s premier academic medical network, with a mission of Advancing Health and Wellbeing through Education, Research and Patient Care.
Assignment editors please note -- Best photo opportunities exist between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, when campers are involved in a trauma assessment, injury prevention exercises and a stint in the OR. Please call Communications Specialist David Mogollon at 520-694-2340 to schedule.
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