Nurse Job Description


Job Description

Job Title:  Camp Nurse


Classification:  Seasonal

Reports to:  Program Director

Position Purpose: 

The Camp Nurse is responsible for overseeing the health and safety of campers and staff.

Essential Job Functions:

Provide health care to meet individual needs of camp staff and campers.

Collaborate with Health Care Coordinator to meet medical needs.

Follow health care policies/procedures as described in the Healthcare Manual and treatment procedures.

Organize, maintain, and utilize adequate resources for serving the health and medical needs of the campers and staff.

Set up the camp Health Center.

Inventory and order all necessary medical supplies and equipment.

Maintain accurate and detailed medical records according to state and American Camp Association Standards.

Ensure staff and camper health examinations are current and on file.

Prepare and utilize daily medical log for treatment and medications.

Prepare and record insurance and accident report forms.

Oversee First Aid procedures and supplies.

Prepare and distribute first aid kits throughout camp including camp vehicles, kitchen, offices, pool area, activity areas, out-of-camp trips.

Ensure supplies are well stocked and distributed as needed.

Ensure a staff orientation session is delivered on medical services.

Ensure camp staff and campers know their role related to health care and first aid.

Provide or ensure orientation is provided that includes specific camper health and social needs, health center procedures, emergency procedures, growth and development of age groups, staff health assessment of campers, policies on contacting parents, transportation to outside health facilities, accident prevention and risk management, nutrition, and first aid in the camp setting.

Screen all campers and staff who are arriving and departing camp.

Verify health history.

Verify emergency authorization.

Identify any observable evidence of illness or communicable diseases.

Conduct a health assessment.

Keep all medications used by campers and staff.

Supervise sanitary conditions throughout camp.

Observe daily cleanliness in areas throughout camp.

Report any health problems or symptoms of illness to the Program Director.

Other Job Duties:

Perform any tasks beyond those assigned as help is needed.

Provide leadership in the camp’s risk management program.

Supervise Health Care Coordinator.

Develop a resource file and obtain information and/or literature concerning health in the camp community.

Be responsible for contacting parents concerning the status of their child’s health by telephone in the following situations: any injury requiring an x-ray, illness requiring an infirmary stay and emergency treatment/accident, etc.

Be knowledgeable of outside health resources.

Evaluate medical services.


The Camp Nurse has specific relationships with other health care staff such as the Health Care Coordinator, the Food Service Manager to ensure that food allergies are addressed each week, and with the Camp Counselor with reference to cleanliness and camper and staff health and to communicate specific health issues.

Equipment Used:

The camp has a designated Infirmary Office where the Nurse and Health Care Coordinator are stationed. This is the hub center for all medicines, health histories, and for any sick campers seeking additional help beyond minor first aid relief.


Registered nurse (RN) with a license as required by Illinois law.

CPR certified.

Current First aid certification and experience in first aid and emergency management.

Driver’s license.

Experience in both children and adult illness/injury care.

Desire to work with children and young adults.

Community health knowledge.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of the camp grounds will be required.

Physical Aspects of the Job:

Ability to lift/assist campers and staff.

Ability to read and follow directions on medication labels, health forms, physician orders, and parent letters.

Ability to use a telephone.

Maintain written record system.

Ability to quickly get to remote locations on camp property over uneven terrain.

Observe and assess sanitation and safety conditions of the camp.

Ability to communicate with parents, staff, and administration about camper health concerns.

Possess endurance to meet emergency needs.

Ability to drive to off-camp health provider, physician, or emergency treatment locations.

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