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Nursing Discovery Campus offered on the UMFK campus

May 16, 2008

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will once again offer a Nursing Discovery Camp this summer.  The camp is co-sponsored by Northern Maine Medical Center and Acadia Health Education Coalition & Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, along with the UMFK Nursing Program and Academic Outreach Office.            

The program is intended primarily for students entering their junior and senior years, although sophomores also may apply.  Students interested in any aspect of the nursing profession are welcome. The cost is $200, which includes materials, meals and lodging. For scholarship information see the internet link below.            

Two separate programs will be offered.  The first session will run from Monday, June 23 to Thursday, June 26 and the second session will run from Monday, July 7 to Thursday, July 10.   

Participates in the nursing camp will be introduced to all of the wonderful opportunities in nursing. They will have the chance to job shadow alongside nurses at Northern Maine Medical Center and experience college life on the UMFK campus. While at the hospital, students will visit different departments including the emergency room, medical & surgical units, intensive care and advance practice nursing. The students will earn Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR), work with patient simulations, and learn first aid skills.             

“Last year we had 14 students take part, and had many on a waiting list,” said Don Eno, coordinator of academic outreach at UMFK.  “We received very good feedback from the students.  They really loved the job shadowing and the experience of spending time with professionals.”            

Students will explore the profession of nursing, which is both exciting and rewarding. They will learn to promote healthy living for individuals and families and become leaders in the health care team.            

Deadline for accepting applications is Friday, May 30. Interested students should visit www.umfk.maine.edu/academics/programs/nur/camp/ or call Eno at 834-7835 for more information.