Nix Nurses At The Med Center

With the Rivercrest model, the primary health professional may be extremely busy with many ill and injured campers, or just wants a second opinion, so he or she is able to call on one of several other qualified people already on campus.

Safety In All Areas

Several EMTs on-site also means there is usually one in every area of the camp. If the top healthcare professional is working inside the health center, EMTs are still around camp, swimming, eating, playing games, working on maintenance, or otherwise involved with campers. An EMT is able to provide immediate care for a sick or injured camper while someone else notifies the healthcare professional at the medical center.

This greatly increases response times, and even decreases the number of health-center visits since minor problems are dealt with on the spot. More EMTs on staff will probably notice potential problems faster and fix them before they become an issue.

In the non-summer months, Camp Rivercrest hosts guest groups, but because there is not a health professional on staff, the groups are required to bring someone who can provide first aid. However, with at least a couple of EMTs on-site, they are able to help in case their first-aid provider is unavailable or the incident requires more resources.

Placing EMTs on staff initially eased fears of the camp’s rural location in case a severe injury or illness occurred, but telling guest groups there is a paramedic and several EMTs on staff makes people feel more comfortable about their stay, even if they only need a Band-Aid fix.

Community Involvement (And Free Marketing)

Having a year-round staff consisting of mostly EMTs has opened more doors for Camp Rivercrest. Just a few months ago, we were able to convince an EMS instructor to do a follow-up workshop in one of the camp buildings. This was a great opportunity to introduce our instructor and classmates to the camp, and suggest the opportunity to do more events there.

Several of us have also been invited to the college several times to help with EMT exams.

Although our busy camp schedules have kept most of us from working on an ambulance, we are ready and willing to provide assistance should a crisis or natural disaster arise.

Having an EMS team has made the camp better known in the community, and allows for more marketing and networking opportunities. In all, EMT training has done so much more than simply improve the health center.

Jessica Lippe currently serves as the media manager at Camp Rivercrest in Fremont, Neb. Reach her at

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One comment on “Nix Nurses At The Med Center

  1. Francene Rasmussen RN BSN on said:

    While I sympathize your troubles with hiring and maintaining a nurse staff, I do feel you are not discussing the benefits of such a staff. The training an emt or paramedic recieves is not equal to my four year nursing degree. Nurses should be bringing more then first aid to your facility. They should be bringing a focus on a wellness facility, providing inservices to staff and campers in health maintenance and prevention. There is such an educational opportunity at camp for these topics. There is an association of camp nurses that provides a camp nurse training. That programs prepares nurses who do not work in an urgent care type facility for the realities of life at camp and the differences in care needed. An RN who can provide the broader scope of education to the camp setting yet is specifically trained as a camp nurse is the ideal. Nixing nurses is not.

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