Memorial to offer free nursing camp to students

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[March 11, 2013]  SPRINGFIELD -- Memorial Medical Center is accepting applications for a free four-day summer camp for high school students interested in a nursing career.

Now in its 12th year, Memorial's Teens Experiencing Nursing camp will be July 15-18 at Memorial Medical Center.

The TEN program begins with an orientation and an overview of the nursing profession. Participants will visit the hospital's Clinical Simulation Center and Surgical Skills Lab, where students will learn and practice basic nursing skills.

Students will also have the opportunity to job shadow and interact with nursing staff on several nursing units at Memorial, including maternity, dialysis, emergency, intensive care and the Regional Burn Center.

"We're looking for qualified and motivated high school students with a strong interest in pursuing a nursing career," said Kristin Blake, Memorial Health System's coordinator for career planning. "TEN camp gives students the opportunity to personally experience nursing education and nursing practice."

TEN camp is limited to 30 students. Campers are expected to attend all four days of the camp and may not leave the camp for any reason other than a family emergency.

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Students will need to complete an application, which includes a school counselor reference, written permission from parents or guardians, and an essay explaining why they want to become a nurse.

The deadline for applications is April 5. Printable applications are available at under the link labeled "High School Programs" on the left.

For additional information, contact Memorial's Talent Planning Department at 217-788-4972.

Memorial Medical Center, 701 N. First St., is a not-for-profit, community-based hospital in the Illinois Medical District at Springfield. For more information about Memorial Medical Center, visit

[Text from file received from Memorial Medical Center]

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