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I have spent many great summers at Indian Head Camp in beautiful Honesdale PA, which is about two hours away from New York City in the Pocono mountains. When you think of what a summer camp should look like, that's my camp. Rustic cabins on a shaded path beside a calm lake, a grand lodge, and all the campy activities you can do.
Now, many people envision me sitting on a porch. sipping sweet tea all day at camp, occasionally applying a band-aid to a skinned knee. The truth is that my job is not that relaxed however, I have been known to enjoy a book on the porch in my off times. Camp is an exciting environment to practice nursing because it is a blend of school nursing, primary care clinic, community health, and emergency response.
I cannot stand doing the same thing for any length of time. It took me years to realize this, and once I structured my career around my desire to have constant but well-controlled change, I really found my stride as a nurse. I love the fact that I get to change my job to something completely different for 9 weeks out of the year. I Leave my home and friends and strike out to find new experiences and people. The combination of variety and break is what has allowed me to have a successful career, and avoid job-hopping.
Over the years, IHC has become my second home and second family. It started out as a new challenging job to get me away from a job I had burnt out on, despite being good at it. At first I didn't get the hype, it was an okay gig, and it challenged me professionally and personally, but I didn't “feel the magic”. Looking back on the years, realize, I have made amazing friends, seen relationships, romantic and otherwise grow, and met many amazing kids. I have an amazing boss who has watched me grow as a person over the years. I know the owners of the camp, I see them everyday walking around, they both greet me by name. I realized slowly that I love this camp.
Now that's not to say there are days that I don't so much love my job. It is a job after all. It doesn't pay the best, and I sometimes I get a little overwhelmed and a lot frustrated. Camp Nursing is not for everyone, but I would like you to consider if it may be for you.
Consider making a change, of pace and environment. Try something new. Bring a friend or family, often fun jobs for spouses, and significant others can be provided. Camp programs may be able to be arranged for children. You can even match camps to your particular interests. I encourage you to check out Camp Indian Head at www.indianhead.com. I also can make recommendations on other camps if you're looking for anything in particular.