Camp Bones 2011

Camp B.O.N.E.S

Camp BONES (Brigade of Nurse Exploring Seahawks) is a four-year nursing and health academy for underserved and underrepresented middle and high school students, recruited from eight counties in the southeastern NC region. Pictures and media highlights are available from the links below.

Program goals

The goals of the academy are: (a) to address the looming shortage of nurses in North Carolina; (b) to encourage racial/ethnic minorities and males, both of whom have been traditionally underrepresented in nursing and health science professions, to pursue careers in nursing or other health sciences; (c) to expose participating students to an intensive, four-year nursing and health science academy including math, chemistry, biology, anatomy, and other natural sciences courses to prepare them for admission into a college or university; (d) to partner with Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) School of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing to replicate the Camp BONES model in Forsyth and surrounding counties.

Participating students

Student cohorts enter the academy in the 8th or 9th grade and continue through the 12th grade. Students selected must have a B average and a recommendation from an appropriate school official. The students must also have expressed an interest in a nursing or health sciences career. The small well-defined cohorts are engaged in an intense, rigorous educational curriculum, making them academically competitive for admission to nursing and health science programs.

Program activities

Students have gained skills in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid, disaster preparedness, health research, oral and written communications, poster presentations, clinical simulation, vital signs, Scholastic Aptitude Testing and college preparation, advanced science and math, and media presentations. In the fourth summer of the program, students also completed an intensive three-week, NC state-approved, Nursing Assistant I course.

Program funding

Since 2006, Camp BONES has been supported by a number of organizations including: UNCW School of Nursing, Southeast Area Health Education Center (formerly Coastal AHEC), New Hanover Regional Medical Center, the NC GlaxoSmithKline and Burroughs Wellcome Foundations (2007-2011), and a host of community volunteers and agencies in the southeast NC region. We are particularly grateful for the parents, families, public school teachers and guidance counselors who referred students and encouraged their participation during summer and weekend intensives.

Program outcomes (sample):

Pictures of Camp Bones Students and Events

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