Nurse camps: Are they effective in workforce development?
Purpose and Methods: A web-based survey was conducted with former nurse camp participants who were at least 18 years old to determine the long term outcomes of nurse camp.
Results: 153 former nurse camp participants completed the survey. Most respondents were white (72%), followed by Asian (10%), Black (7%) and Multiethnic (7%). Their mean age was 21 years. About 84% (n=128) were currently enrolled in higher education: 24% were pre-nursing, 38% were in nursing programs, 20% were in various health-related programs, and 18% were in other fields. 70% reported plans to pursue a nursing career in the future. For those who graduated (n=49), 43% had a nursing degree. About 88% of respondents agreed that nurse camp influenced their decision to pursue a nursing career.
Conclusion: Nurse camps can be an effective strategy to encourage high school students to seek a career in nursing and other health professions.
Learning Areas:Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related nursing
Describe the effectiveness of nurse camp as a strategy to recruit high school students into nursing and healthcare professions.
Keyword(s): Nurses, Workforce
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Any relevant financial relationships? No
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