TIME FOR CAMP! From July 21 through July 27, 13 BSN students participated in elective course Caring for Clients at Camp. As part of their course elective, they served as student nurses at Camp MITIOG (Made in the Image of God).
Camp MITIOG was created for children with Spina Bifida. It’s one of only three Spina Bifida camps in the nation so kids attend from all over the United States.
The camp is held in Excelsior Springs, Missouri at the Lake Doniphan Conference and Retreat Center. The uniqueness of bringing together children with similar, yet different physical conditions helps them to discover their individual gifts, skills and talents.
“It’s a life event that I will always remember,” said S2 student Amy Harris. “I’ve never seen kids that are so strong and resilient with all they have to take on from day to day—it was life-changing.” She added, “I can’t wait to go back!”
Prior to camp, Saint Luke’s College students learn about proper health promotion for children with Spina Bifida and injury prevention for the activities at camp. Students are co-assigned with an RN during their time at camp, and learn to do such things as treatments, wound care, skin inspections, injections, tube feedings, bowel management and catheterizations for the MITIOG children.
Taking the camp elective is ideal for nursing students who pursue a health care job with children, love the outdoors and want a sense of autonomy. “It is a refreshing change of pace from hospital-focused nursing,” Associate Professor Krahl stated. Camp MITIOG is always looking for nurses as volunteers, or nurses looking for a change of pace for the summer with pay.