When I first started out in camp nursing, I wanted to read every resource. I was desperate to get a jump on my new job. Even after my first year I was looking for information to help me master some of the finer points of camp nursing. I found a few great resources, that I would like to share with you.
The first book that I read was The Basics of Camp Nursing, by Linda Erceg. This book is the bible of US camp nursing. It walks you through the entire process of setting up and managing a camp health center as a primary nurse. This is an absolute must read, especially if you're just starting out in camp nursing. In my opinion a copy of this should be be in every health center. If you ever attend an ACN conference be sure to take your copy along for Linda to sign.
Another excellent resource is Camp Nursing-Circles of Care by Mary Casey This book is as much about the nuts and bolts of camp nursing as it is about where the nurse fits into the big picture at camp. It really does a good job explaining the nurses role, and explores legal issues and procedures to a slightly better degree than other books. The only issue to be aware of is that it was written with nurses based in Canada in mind, but that is not incredibly noticeable.
An excellent lighter read is Camp Nurse: My Adventures in Summer Camp, by Tilda Shalof . Tilda is a very experienced nurse who chronicles her journey at a few different camps, over several years. All the stories, personalities, and weirdness that she encountered is here in print. I often wish that my time on camps was as exciting as hers. Although I have run into some interesting stories over the years. It's a must read as it is an inside glance into the personal and professional experience in camp, rather than an informational manual.
I hope you are able to take the time to read one or more of these excellent books. If you have any other suggestions about good books for camp nurses please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org