Twenty-four high school students and adults interested in pursuing nursing careers participated in Lake Regional Health System’s 2012 Winter Nursing Camp, held Dec. 27-28 at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, Mo.
Throughout the two-day camp, participants gained an understanding of nursing fundamentals as they visited nursing units, job shadowed experienced nurses, learned about state-of-the-art equipment used daily by nurses and interacted with staff.
Using training equipment, they also learned the proper technique for inserting intravenous catheters, performing head-to-toe patient assessments, checking blood pressures and more.
In addition, participants toured the helicopter based at Lake Regional and visited departments throughout the organization. They also learned about the admissions process for nursing schools, as well as the importance of professionalism during the interview process for nursing programs.
“It’s exciting to introduce students to the variety of opportunities that exist in the profession of nursing,” said Lake Regional Nurse Mentor Beth Pettitt. “This nursing camp allows participants to learn about the technical aspects of nursing, as well as the importance of providing quality, compassionate patient care.”
Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to the residents and visitors of the lake area.
The system currently employs more than 400 nurses at the hospital, seven primary care clinics, 18 specialty clinics, urgent care and home health.