Recruitment and Retention of Alaska Natives into Nursing (RRANN) Program Director Annette Rearden introduces trauma nurses from Providence Alaska Hospital, who came to UAA give Nursing Camp students “Stop the Bleed” training. (Photo by James Evans/ University of Alaska Anchorage)School is out for the summer, but camp is definitely in — especially for the 15 teens who attended the Recruiting and Retention of Alaska Natives into Nursing’s (RRANN) Nursing Camp earlier this month. Teens ages 16-19 from all over the state gathered for three days of hands-on activities and exploration to experience what a potential career in nursing or health care could be like.
“We really believe it to be, number one, fun, and two, hands-on,” said Annette Rearden, associate professor in UAA’s nursing school and RRANN’s program coordinator. The focus of the camp is to teach students basic nursing skills from hand hygiene and standards of care to more complicated tasks like injections, where students practice administering shots on fat pads, as well as basic first aid.
“We also want to incorporate skills that students can bring back to their communities,” Rearden said. “Especially if they’re from the rural areas, their access to hospitals might be limited, or if they’re out in the field hunting or berry picking, we try to teach them things they can pass on.”
Rearden said campers also experienced the simulation lab, practicing scenarios the university’s nursing students would be subject to, but on a smaller scale. The camp also collaborated with community partners, like Stop the Bleed, a partnership through Providence Alaska, to teach students how to tie a tourniquet and to stop bleeding in an emergency situation, and Life Med Alaska, where paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) spoke to students about a career in health care and provided campers with an ambulance tour.
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