Chronicles of a Camp Nurse – Volume 1

Camp nurse

So, this week I am embarking into uncharted territory – I am going to be a camp nurse for a week. This may sound like not big deal to some, but to this adult nurse, I am a little intimidated. You see, I didn’t start out as the camp nurse. My kids were going away to sleep away camp with their church group and I signed up to be a chaperone. (Ok, my husband basically said they couldn’t go if I didn’t, if the truth be told.) Don’t get me wrong, I was super excited to be a chaperone – the memories, the fun, plus, my friend was also going – as the camp nurse. She is a school nurse and awesome at it. She also did it last year and said it was “No problem”. Sure, easy for her to say, she does that stuff all year. Well, she got a job she couldn’t turn down for the summer and graciously offered me up as new camp nurse! Ummm…thanks?

I know I can do it. Basically just have to do first aid, right? But, the ICU nurse in me always thinks of the worst… what if a kid gets stung by a bee and goes into anaphylaxis? Or eats something they are allergic? Rec time can be dangerous right?…. It just goes to show you that a little knowledge can be dangerous – ask any nursing student – they diagnose themselves with everything! (Well, at least I did!)

So, I already am bringing some Calamine lotion, Benadryl cream, Neosporin, extra bandaids, tweezers, after sun lotion and some baby powder (I was told its good for the sweaty little boys in their “private area”?) If you have any other suggestions or advise – I need them STAT! Please email me or leave in the comments below!

We leave tomorrow and will be gone Monday – Friday. I was told I would have wifi and my immediate thought – this will be great blog material. So, here is my journey… pray for me and for the kids!! I know if will be great because I am the camp nurse and I will make sure they are all safe…. even if it kills me!!

 

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