Bethel Holds Summer Nurse Camp

Bethel University’s Department of Nursing held its annual nurse camp on Wednesday, June 27 on the school’s McKenzie campus. The one-day event hosted 33 high school students from across the state.

“We really wanted to give students in high school a chance to see what nursing would be like,” said Jason Hypes, Simulation and Skills Lab Coordinator for Bethel’s program.

According to Hypes, students spent the day moving through four stations including IV insertion and therapy, nasogastric tube insertion, pediatric care and vital signs and their significance.

“The students also played a game called Friday Night in the ER which teaches systematic thinking and improves critical thinking skills,” he said.

The Bethel University Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares its graduates for entry level Registered Nurse positions in primary, secondary, and tertiary health care settings and for entry into graduate studies which lead to advanced degrees in nursing. Bethel University also offers an online RN-BSN program that accomplishes the same outcomes as the on-site BSN program.

Graduates of Bethel’s BSN program have recently enjoyed a high pass rate on the NCLEX, the nurse licensure exam that determines nurse readiness. Four out of the last five years, Bethel Nursing grads taking the exam for the first time have achieved a 100 percent pass rate.

For more information about Bethel’s Nursing Program, contact Dr. Jenny Webb at

Bethel Nursing Students play "Friday Night in the ER," with Nurse Campers. The game helped campers learn about systematic thinking processes.

At another station, nurse campers learned to listen for different lung sounds.

Campers were also shown how to insert a patient's nasograstic tube.

The final Nurse Camp station focused on weight based pediatric care.

Posted by Jennifer Glass at 10:53 AM