CAREERS AT CAMP ENCOURAGE

Love our mission and want to have an impact on youth with autism spectrum disorder in our community? Any position presently available is described below. For an application, please contact our Executive Director, Kelly Lee at klee@campencourage.org or 816.830.7171.


LEAD NURSE

This is a part time seasonal position reporting to the Program Coordinator.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

During each overnight camp session:

  • supervise medical care for campers, volunteers, and staff as needed
  • pre-arrival health form review / screening (for campers, volunteers, and staff) 
  • organize camper medications and set up “dispensing system”
  • administer and document medication administration (both over-the-counter and prescription) to campers, volunteers, and camp per written protocol at designated times
  • administer immediate first aid to injured parties, performs nursing assessments, implements nursing intervention as guided by nursing judgment
  • maintain records regarding administration of medication, prescribed treatments, and other health and medical needs (follow state and ACA standards in maintaining such records)
  • safeguarding camper, volunteer, and staff prescription medication
  • complete illness and accident forms as needed
  • respond to all medical emergencies
  • maintain tidiness and cleanliness of the medical station 
  • contact parents when needed (to share concerns, to gather information)
  • supervise and support medical personnel volunteers
  • monitor, assess, and assist in maintaining health, sanitation, and safety practices while working in all areas throughout camp 
  • work with staff and volunteers to minimize / eliminate health and safety risks
  • Participate in and lead specific areas of staff / volunteer training pertaining to camp health and safety which may include CPR, first aid, and use of universal precautions for infectious control)
  • identify pertinent camper medical needs (seizure plans, special diets, etc.) and ensures that this information is communicated with the appropriate camp staff
  • make rounds throughout the camp checking on campers, staff and the health and safety of the camp in general; report facility and grounds health risk factors
  • stocking medical supplies, monitoring outflow / need for replenishing
  • participate in camp activities
  • at close of camp session, make recommendations for improvement for future sessions
  • Work collaboratively with the Program Coordinator to maintain medical records in Camp Brain
  • Work collaboratively with the Program Coordinator to prepare medical binders for Medical Personnel prior to camp. 
  • Work collaboratively with the Materials Manager and Program Coordinator to keep an accurate and updated inventory of medical supplies. Provide input as needed to replenish or modify inventory. 
  • perform other duties as assigned

Outside of overnight camp programming: 

  • working beside staff to develop protocols and procedures in line with American Camp Association’s accreditation
  • overseeing accurate execution of protocols and procedures
  • serve as our main advisor / resource should medical concerns rise during a Connections or other outing
  • assist with volunteer recruitment of medical professionals to serve during camp days

Position may require some nights and weekends thus employee needs to be prepared for and enthusiastic about a non-traditional work schedule.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Currently Licensed as a Registered Nurse, Physician Assistant, or Physician in the State of Kansas 
  • Current CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Availability to be present for the duration of each overnight camp session
  • Experience in first aid and emergency management services
  • Willingness to stay overnight in a camp setting and work irregular hours with limited or simple equipment and facilities; and with daily exposure to the sun, heat, and animals such as bugs, snakes, bats, etc.
  • Friendly and personable
  • Ability to pass criminal / registry background screening
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong leadership skills, ability to manage and support volunteers
  • Self-motivated, able to self-initiate and work independently
  • Experience in both children and adult illness / injury care
  • Desire to work with the camp’s target population
  • Community health knowledge
  • Physical ability to get to remote locations on camp property quickly 
  • Flexibility – able to adapt to different environments and schedules 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Prior experience with Camp Encourage
  • Previous experience as a camp nurse at a special needs camp 
  • Knowledge of the American Camp Association Health and Wellness standards

Camp Encourage is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law.