Hospitals Accepting Applications For Nursing Camps

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SPRINGFIELD – Three Memorial Health System hospitals are accepting applications for free summer camps for high school students interested in a nursing career.

The Teens Experiencing Nursing Camp will be offered July 26-29 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, July 12-14 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital and July 13-15 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.

The program begins with an orientation and an overview of the nursing profession. Participants will visit Memorial Medical Center’s Simulation Center in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, where students will learn and practice basic nursing skills.

Students will also have the opportunity to job shadow and interact with nursing staff on several nursing units throughout the hospitals.

“TEN Camp participants receive a hands-on opportunity to experience nursing education and nursing practice,” said Stacey Hull, workforce development consultant for Memorial Health System. “We’re looking for the best and brightest high school students interested in pursuing a nursing career.”

Memorial Medical Center’s camp is limited to 30 students. The Taylorville camp is limited to 15 students, and Lincoln’s camp is limited to 10. Campers are expected to attend every day of their camps and may not leave for any reason other than a family emergency.

Students will need to complete an application, which includes a school counselor reference, written permission from parents or guardians and an essay explaining why they want to become a nurse. Applications are available from local high school guidance counselors.

The deadline to apply to all three camps is April 1.

For more information, call 217-788-6254 for the Springfield TEN Camp, 217-605-5302 for the Lincoln TEN Camp and 217-824-1634 for the Taylorville TEN Camp.

Memorial Medical Center’s TEN Camp is in its 15th year, Taylorville’s camp is in its second year, and this is the first year for the Lincoln camp.

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