What: The coronavirus pandemic has enhanced the appreciation for the role and value of nurses in American healthcare. This July, high school students will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to join this vital field when UNLV School of Nursing hosts its 2nd annual Nurse Camp, a one-week interactive day-camp. Attendees will learn alongside clinical nurses and nurse educators as they engage in a variety of hands-on (and highly visual) skills labs and activities, including CPR and Stop the Bleed training; donning and doffing PPE, mobility devices and lifts; removing sutures and staples; checking vital signs, medication, administration, and more.

During the week-long program, students will receive a complete look at nursing through academic and clinical settings while observing how much of a role nurses play in our community. They will gain valuable insight into nursing school and what it takes to become a registered nurse. Each session will end with a recognition ceremony honoring the students for completing the camp.

“I can’t think of any better preparation than being able to learn from people who are already going to nursing school and working as nurses,” says Minnie Wood, UNLV Nursing Lecturer and Nurse Camp Coordinator. “The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of our lives, and I think a lot of young people are seeing how important the work of nurses is and was throughout this time. We’re the most trusted profession in the country for many reasons, and I’m excited to share that with nurse campers again this year.”

Who: Nurse Camp is open to current Las Vegas junior and senior high school students and recent high school graduates.  They can register via the website. There are a limited number of spots available. Students who apply after the capped amount will be put on a wait list.

When: There will be two sessions for Nurse Camp.  Each session will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Session 1 – Monday, July 12 to Friday, July 16
  • Session 2 – Monday, July 19 to Friday, July 23

Where: Each session will be split between the UNLV Main Campus and Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. Specific schedules will be provided to registered participants.