Summer camps are in full swing around West Virginia, and West Virginia University School of Nursing students are taking their knowledge and skills to provide volunteer services for children attending Camp Kno-Koma and the 2017 National Boy Scouts of America Jamboree.
Camp Kno-Koma, held July 9-15 at the Greenbrier Youth Camp near Anthony, West Virginia, is held for children with diabetes and focuses primarily on diabetes education, while offering opportunities for outdoor adventure and friendship. Five nursing students will be assisting medical personnel with general care for campers.
Seven nursing students will head to the Bechtel Summit Reserve (July 15-28) near Beckley to work with staff medical personnel to provide basic first aid and other healthcare services to thousands of campers who are expected to participate in the national Jamboree.
“Summer camps provide a wonderful learning environment for our students. Through these experiences, they will gain hands-on learning from other medical professionals while expanding their overall healthcare knowledge,” said Susan Pinto, clinical assistant professor, WVU School of Nursing. “It also serves as a great opportunity to be a part of our West Virginia communities and provide much-needed outreach services.”
Students participating in the camps also earn service hours which count toward the 100 community service hours needed to graduate from the nursing program.