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Camp Nurse

A Camp Nurse takes care of people at camps and retreats that are often located far from a hospital or healthcare facility.
Required education
Average annual salary
Work on your own or even start your own practice, in some states.
Lead, guide and support other nurses so they can provide the best care.
Out of hospital
Treat patients in their homes, during travel, or other non-hospital environments.
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll use your skills to handle a wide range of medical situations, from routine bumps and scrapes to more serious scenarios like broken bones and contagious illnesses.
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What you’ll do


You’ll teach campers about sunburn prevention, fire prevention, poison ivy or oak, bug bites and other environment-related issues.


You’ll perform pre-camp assessments, document visits, and maintain supplies.


You’ll provide first aid and administer medications to campers, attendees, and staff.

Where you’ll work
  • Camp sites
  • Retreats
How to become a Camp Nurse


Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.


While there is no specific certification, most Camp Nurses are required to be trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).


You’re ready to work as a Camp Nurse.

Join an organization
Become a member of a Camp Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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