High Point University Department of Nursing students Kellie Brewer, left, and Piper Dillon take direction from Pamela Rogers, assistant professor of nursing in the HPU patient simulation lab.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 27, 2022 – High Point University’s Department of Nursing was awarded more than $4,000 from the High Point Community Foundation to fund a five-day summer camp for high school students from underserved areas within the greater High Point community who are interested in pursuing a nursing career.
Dr. Racquel Ingram, founding chair of HPU’s Department of Nursing, accepted the grant on behalf of the nursing faculty. Camp FUN (Future University Nursing) will allow high school students to explore traditional and nontraditional areas of nursing. The camp experience will be held in HPU’s nursing facility at Parkway Commons on campus. Dates and sign-up information will be announced in the future.
“We are excited about the summer camp and look forward to working with our community partners,” said Ingram. “Our plan is to expose students to the different facets of nursing practice in addition to the more traditional practice settings. Overall, my goal is to enhance the nursing profession in terms of the nursing shortage. Starting locally within the High Point community is just a tip of the iceberg, with ultimate hopes of a substantial, continuous outcome.”
Camp FUN was created as an early intervention to address the national nursing shortage. During the camp, registered nurses will provide information about variable nursing practice areas and activities, which will include simulated patient assessments, obtaining blood pressures, pulses, respiration, temperatures and oxygen saturation levels. The intent is for local camp participants to take an interest in nursing as a career and eventually complete a professional nursing degree to provide care to the growing and aging population of High Point.
“We at the High Point Community Foundation are proud to partner with the HPU’s nursing department to support this exciting opportunity for local young people to learn about the world of nursing,” said HPCF President Paul Lessard, a 1980 HPU graduate. “As the father of a nurse, I understand how this noble profession brings out the very best in our human nature by teaching young people the power of compassion, service and knowledge. We know this camp will have a profound impact upon our young people and help raise up a new generation of young men and women who are willing and able to serve and care for those who suffer.”
HPU and HPCF have partnered with the Northwest Area Health Education Center, the High Point Housing Authority and local guidance counselors to share this opportunity with high school students who could attend the summer camp. Campers from local underserved communities will not have to provide anything to attend the camp other than transportation to and from campus.