Can My Camp Nurse Do That?

  • "My nurse told the parent that she wouldn't give the medication unless she had the prescription in its original container. Can she do that? The Mom was just trying to help by putting the meds in one of those weekly plastic containers."
  • "My RN picked up the phone and took the doctor's order by talking to him. Is that OK?"
  • "She said it was a 'nursing diagnosis.' What's with that? Doctors do the diagnosing, not nurses."

Kids with Diabetes in the Non-Diabetes Camp Setting

I'll never forget walking into the infirmary for my week as a camp nurse and hearing one of the outgoing nurses say, "I got the kid with diabetes again. Don't worry, you don't have one this week." In my six years as a camp nurse at this non-diabetes camp, I always hoped I'd get "the kid with diabetes." That's because I happen to specialize in diabetes — and I have diabetes myself! My hope is that camp nurses and camp staff everywhere will feel comfortable including and accepting children and adolescents with diabetes in their programs, without fear or dread.

Medication Management: 13 Common Questions from Camps — And Their Answers

Each spring, the American Camp Association (ACA) experiences an increase in the number of questions from camps regarding the management and administration of medication at camp as they plan for their upcoming season. Working with doctors, nurses, and other health care providers, ACA has created solid educational resources for any camp (see Resources section below). The following literature review of ACA materials provides the answers to camps’ most popular questions.

Managing, Monitoring, and Administering Medications at Camp

The phrase “medications at camp” brings to mind different scenes for different individuals. Camp nurses may remember a favorite camper clutching a Ziplock bag (the gallon size!) packed full of asthma medications, on opening day. Parents may envision a pharmacy stocked with rows of bottles: pills ready to be dispensed to their child for this ache or that pain. A trip leader may recall a first aid kit containing over-the-counter remedies for headaches and blisters. Each is a valid scenario, evidence of different aspects of medications at camp.