Journal of Nursing Education

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A Residential Nursing Camp Program: Effects on Adolescent Attitudes Toward Nursing Careers

Shelley T. Yeager, MSN, RN; Kerry H. Cheever, PhD, RN

  • Journal of Nursing Education. 2007;46(10)
  • Posted October 1, 2007

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Health policy experts predict that the current shortage of nurses will persist and perhaps worsen during the next 30 years. One of the most important causes of this problem is that too few youth choose nursing careers. A partnership was forged between university nursing faculty and nurse clinicians and administrators at a full-service hospital in northeastern Pennsylvania. The authors postulated that adolescent attitudes toward selecting nursing careers could improve after an intensive 4-day residential nursing camp program. We recruited local high school students generally interested in health care careers to attend the camp. Aggregate pre-camp and post-camp surveys obtained over 3 years demonstrated generally favorable attitudes toward nursing careers that improved at the conclusion of the camp. This camp program is an easily replicable intervention that successfully improves adolescents’ attitudes toward pursuing nursing careers.

AUTHORS

Received: December 17, 2004

Accepted: December 6, 2005

Ms. Yeager is Simulation Technology Coordinator, St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network, and Dr. Cheever is Professor and Chairperson, St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. At the time this article was written, Ms. Yeager was Instructor and Dr. Cheever was Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Nursing and Health, DeSales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

The program described in this article was generously supported by funds disbursed by the Dorothy Rider-Pool Charitable Health Care Trust. The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the Rider-Pool Trustees and Program Officers in helping them develop, nurture, and effectively deliver this program.

Address correspondence to Shelley T. Yeager, MSN, RN, Simulation Technology Coordinator, St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College, and Northampton Community College, 915 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, PA; e-mail: yeagers@slhn.org.

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Health policy experts predict that the current shortage of nurses will persist and perhaps worsen during the next 30 years. One of the most important causes of this problem is that too few youth choose nursing careers. A partnership was forged between university nursing faculty and nurse clinicians and administrators at a full-service hospital in northeastern Pennsylvania. The authors postulated that adolescent attitudes toward selecting nursing careers could improve after an intensive 4-day residential nursing camp program. We recruited local high school students generally interested in health care careers to attend the camp. Aggregate pre-camp and post-camp surveys obtained over 3 years demonstrated generally favorable attitudes toward nursing careers that improved at the conclusion of the camp. This camp program is an easily replicable intervention that successfully improves adolescents’ attitudes toward pursuing nursing careers.

AUTHORS

Received: December 17, 2004

Accepted: December 6, 2005

Ms. Yeager is Simulation Technology Coordinator, St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network, and Dr. Cheever is Professor and Chairperson, St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. At the time this article was written, Ms. Yeager was Instructor and Dr. Cheever was Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Nursing and Health, DeSales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

The program described in this article was generously supported by funds disbursed by the Dorothy Rider-Pool Charitable Health Care Trust. The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the Rider-Pool Trustees and Program Officers in helping them develop, nurture, and effectively deliver this program.

Address correspondence to Shelley T. Yeager, MSN, RN, Simulation Technology Coordinator, St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College, and Northampton Community College, 915 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, PA; e-mail: yeagers@slhn.org.

ABSTRACT

Health policy experts predict that the current shortage of nurses will persist and perhaps worsen during the next 30 years. One of the most important causes of this problem is that too few youth choose nursing careers. A partnership was forged between university nursing faculty and nurse clinicians and administrators at a full-service hospital in northeastern Pennsylvania. The authors postulated that adolescent attitudes toward selecting nursing careers could improve after an intensive 4-day residential nursing camp program. We recruited local high school students generally interested in health care careers to attend the camp. Aggregate pre-camp and post-camp surveys obtained over 3 years demonstrated generally favorable attitudes toward nursing careers that improved at the conclusion of the camp. This camp program is an easily replicable intervention that successfully improves adolescents’ attitudes toward pursuing nursing careers.

AUTHORS

Received: December 17, 2004

Accepted: December 6, 2005

Ms. Yeager is Simulation Technology Coordinator, St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network, and Dr. Cheever is Professor and Chairperson, St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. At the time this article was written, Ms. Yeager was Instructor and Dr. Cheever was Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Nursing and Health, DeSales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

The program described in this article was generously supported by funds disbursed by the Dorothy Rider-Pool Charitable Health Care Trust. The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the Rider-Pool Trustees and Program Officers in helping them develop, nurture, and effectively deliver this program.

Address correspondence to Shelley T. Yeager, MSN, RN, Simulation Technology Coordinator, St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College, and Northampton Community College, 915 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, PA; e-mail: yeagers@slhn.org.

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