Nursing Summer Camp at Bethel College

Nursing Summer Camp 2006 is scheduled June 26-29 as a collaborative effort between the Bethel College division of nursing and St. Joe Regional Medical Center in South Bend. Nursing Summer Camp is a four-day "Discover Nursing" event, taking place at seven locations in northern Indiana this summer and is made possible by a grant from the Indiana Area Health Education Center and Nursing 2000. Dr. Ruth Davidhizar, Dean of Nursing at Bethel College, applied for the grant and says, "We are delighted to have this event at Bethel College. Since we are promoting men in nursing it is exciting that our event is coordinated by two male nurses, a nursing faculty from Bethel College and a nursing administrator from St. Joseph Regional Medical Center."

The Nursing Professor from Bethel College is Richard Becker, RN, BSN, MA, OCN, and the Clinical Liaison from St. Joe Regional Medical Center is Kevin Ribby, RN, MSN, ARNP, BCC, CNS, Director of Clinical Practice and Nursing Education. Linda Sommers, Nursing Admissions Counselor at Bethel College, has worked with Kim Genovese, Executive Director of Nursing 2000, in setting up this event.

The students will have a two-day college campus experience at Bethel exposing them to campus life, classroom instruction, and hands-on experience with skills in the nursing laboratory. The students will also visit the St. Joseph Health Center on Chapin Street and the health clinic at the Center for the Homeless to observe nurses involved in community outreach.  

Days 3 and 4 of the camp will take place in the hospital setting at SJRMC. This will allow the students to be exposed to the diverse scope of health care professions. They will also have the opportunity to interact with nurses practicing in a non-clinical setting. The students will each receive a blood-pressure cuff, stethoscope, backpack, community CPR mannequin, a "How to Survive in Nursing School" book, a set of scrubs and other items. This is a proactive partnership of the schools of nursing and hospitals working together to foster interest in the profession of registered nursing. Promoting nursing is vital to the maintenance of a healthy community!

The participants in the summer camp include:  Katie Collins, Elkhart (grade 12); Hillory Cross, Middlebury (grade 12);   Christine Allen, Elkhart (grade 12); Kendra Plunkett, Bristol (Grade 11); SheaQuita Tobar, South Bend (Grace 11); Rebecca Somers, LaPorte (Grade 11); Jasmine Bankston, South Bend (Grade 9); Jessica LeFree, Mishawaka (Grade 10); Cabielle Yost, South Bend (Grade 10): and Maria Gonzales, Mishawaka (Grade 10).

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 1,960 includes students from 34 states, 17 countries, more than 25 denominational affiliations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four satellite locations, as well as its Elkhart campus. The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.

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