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Synopsis: An estimated 10,000-plus, camp-type programs are operating each summer. Many have nurses who are venturing into camp for the first time. Help your camp nurse's success! Provide this updated introduction to camp nursing, written by Linda Ebner Erceg, RN, MS, PHN, Executive Director, Association of Camp Nurses, and Myra Pravda, RN, MSN, President, Association of Camp Nurses. Linda and Myra used their combined years of experience and professionalism to create a quick-reference, easy-to-use handbook that can help any health care professional get up and running immediately. Issues covered include: role of the camp nurse and how she/he fits into camp, regulations to keep in mind, things to talk over with the camp director, clinical things to know before going to camp, setting up the health center, orienting staff, reviewing the camp's health services, record systems, communicable disease management, the screening process, medication management, the camp nurse walk-around, injury-illness surveillance, summary reports, responding to emergencies, interface with tripping programs, and more. New to this edition is expanded content in every chapter, more sample forms, and incorporation of the growing body of camp nursing literature. Produced in cooperation with the American Camp Association (ACA).
About the Author:
Linda Ebner Erceg, RN, MS, PHN, is the associate director for Health and Risk Management of Concordia Language Villages, Bemidji, MN. Prior to focusing on camp nursing, she worked for 13 years at Camp Chinqueka, Bantam, CT, in every job from counselor to camp director. Erceg's master's program focused on camp nursing; her thesis, an epidemiological study of camp injury and illness trends, contributed to her current efforts in the ACA's Healthy Camps Research. She is an adjunct instructor at Bemidji State University, a member of ACA's Northland Section, a member of ACA's Committee for Advancement of Research and Evaluation, a former national board member, and a standards visitor. As ACN's executive director, she is developing ACN's online Camp Nursing Education Center.
Myra Pravda, RN, MSN, has a master's degree in parent-child health from the University of Cincinnati. Her master's thesis explored the stresses of first-time campers and resulted in the book she coauthored, Off to Camp. Pravda has been a camp nurse for 30 years with Camp Livingston and Camp Chabad Day Camp. She is a camp health consultant. Pravda is past president of the Association of Camp Nurses and is very active in the Ohio Section of the American Camp Association.
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