Nurse Camp lets students explore careers in healthcare

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Junior and senior high school students will explore careers in nursing on the University of Washington Tacoma campus this week. UW Tacoma will host approximately 60 students July 9 for a morning of workshops on health issues including smoking, drinking, healthy lifestyles and sexual abuse.

The students on the UW Tacoma campus are part of a larger group of 100 high school students participating in MultiCare's Nurse Camp, designed to introduce Pierce County and South King County high school students to a behind-the-scenes look at nursing.

Students follow professional nurses and health care providers in a variety of settings, including emergency care and surgery. Nurse Camp is slated for today through July 10 at area health facilities and colleges. The program was limited to 100 students selected from applicants this spring.

While at UW Tacoma, students will hear about community and public health nursing practice from Janet Primomo, Ph.D., RN, associate professor of nursing. Sharon Fought, Ph.D., RN, director of the Nursing program, will also speak to the students.

Workshops are presented by Christine Stevens, Ph.D., MPH, RN, assistant professor of nursing at UW Tacoma, and by other health care professionals from community agencies. UW Tacoma students and nursing graduates will participate in the workshops and welcome the nurse campers.

For more information, contact Liesl Santkuyl, MultiCare, 253-403-1401.

July 7, 2009