Skip to Content
Skip to Navigation

Fourth-annual Nurse Camp draws diverse group of “campers” to School of Nursing


Date: July 2, 2012
Media Contact: Ashley Wiggin,, 206-221-2456

Nurse Camp 2012Nurse Camp 2012What do you get when you bring together 24 high school students, six current nursing students, and a week’s worth of activities geared towards learning what it’s like to be a nurse? The UW School of Nursing’s fourth annual nurse camp, which occurred June 25-29th at the UWSoN and UWMC.

The immensely successful week-long camp, which is entirely free to campers and funded exclusively by sponsors gives high school juniors and seniors the chance to learn what it’s like to be a nurse. The camp is geared towards minority and lower-income students, many of whom may not have had access to career-exploring activities in the past. The camp is led by the School of Nursing’s Diversity Awareness Group (DAwGs), which consists of current nursing students who hope to encourage students to consider nursing as a career. This year, the camp drew over 120 applicants from high schools around the area, and even out-of-state – one of the campers came all the way from Los Angeles, California.

"Nurse Camp provides an opportunity of a lifetime to high school students to learn what the nursing profession is and what its like to be a nursing student,” said Kimmy Chu, FNP-DNP student and founding member of the SoN DAwGs group. “We mentor our nurse camp alums throughout high school and are proud to say some of or students have started applying to nursing schools."

Activities at the camp included a first day crash course for hospital staff including first aid, CPR, HIPPA, hand washing, infection control and technology in health care. The “Organ Lady,” SoN Alumna and current graduate student Colleen McElroy-Williams gave campers an inside look at real human organs. The campers spent the rest of the week shadowing nurses at the University of Washington Medical Center, practicing nurse skills in the learning lab, and discovering different nurse specialties in a nursing "speed date" where campers meet and talk with nurses working in all areas of health care, from forensic and public health to emergency and research. On the final day, attendees had a financial aid seminar and learned about applying to college. They also participated in a celebratory closing ceremony with family and friends.

“Nurse Camp gave myself and others confidence in allowing us to shadow, one on one, professional nurses instead of simply volunteering," one participant from a previous camp offered as feedback. “It was the most productive and fun thing I did all summer. It was truly amazing - my entire college essay was centered on Nurse Camp.”

Information about Nurse Camp 2013 will be available soon—keep checking our website to learn how you can help! And be sure to stop by the School of Nursing’s Facebook Page to view all of our photos from the camp- even if you don’t have a Facebook account!


The University of Washington School of Nursing is consistently a top-rated nursing school, according to U.S. News & World Report. Ranked No. 3 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the UW School of Nursing is a national and international leader in improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. The school addresses society’s most pressing challenges in health care through innovative teaching, award winning research and community service. For more information, visit