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Adolescents introduced to nursing at Camp BONES

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It’s not your average camp. It spans four years, and there’s a focus more on career, than campfires. Camp BONES (Brigade Of Nurse Exploring Seahawks) prepares high school students for a future in health care.

Roberto Ramirez is on his way to a career in health care. He’s already taking vitals and helping those in need, and he’s only in high school.

“I first I was a little skeptical about coming into a nursing home but coming here with Barbara, I’ve had a lot more confidence in myself. I’ve matured a little more, she has given me a lot of advice that I can use in the future,” Ramirez said.

His future looks bright because of the training he, and many others, are getting from UNCW’s Camp BONES, a four year program that exposes high school students to the health care profession before they even apply for college.

A few weeks during the summer, students are immersed in hands-on-training in a nursing home and hospitals in our area

At the end of camp, students will walk away from the program as certified nurses assistants and much more.

“A board spectrum of what they can go into and they already have a knowledge base. It’s going to tremendously help them with their resumes and their confidence,” explained one of the camp’s counselors, Bryan Sisk.

Confidence eventually turned into a passion for helping others for students like Tiara Fennell. “Knowing that we make a difference in their life and their situation. Being in a nursing home isn’t the best thing so whatever we can do to help them and make them happy, it makes me happy.”

For some, a career path in health care will simply be an extension of themselves. “I’m a people person, and I love helping others,” said Renee Newkirk.

The Camp BONES program has been so successful, Winston-Salem State University is using the model to start helping their area teens find a path in health care.

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videoIt’s not your average camp. It spans four years, and there’s a focus more on career, than campfires. Camp BONES (Brigade Of Nurse Exploring Seahawks) prepares high school students for a future in health care.

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