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UMC Introduces Youths to Nursing Careers at ‘Camp Scrubs’

Tucson middle-school students learned what it takes to be an RN at University Medical Center’s “Camp Scrubs.” This is the seventh year UMC has offered the summer camp.

“Arizona and the nation are facing a critical nursing shortage, and we must recruit more young people into the profession,” camp Director Lori Maré, RN, BSN, CCRN, clinical nurse supervisor at UMC, said in a news release. “Camp Scrubs is one way we can show teens some of the joys of nursing,” she said.

Camp Scrubs participants Mia Hartmann, left, and Taneen Choudhury tour the ED.

Encouraging seventh- and eighth-graders to think about nursing as a possible career choice gives them time to adjust their high school coursework with an eye toward getting into nursing school, Maré said.

During Camp Scrubs, students hear from UMC nurses in a variety of specialties, including emergency services, infection control, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiovascular services and perioperative services.

OB Tech Maria Ochotorena, from right, Camp Scrubs student Sadie Mulay, and Tracey
Crane, RN, in University Medical Center’s Labor and Delivery Unit.

They also shadow working nurses, learn about nursing degrees offered through the University of Arizona and Pima Community College, and receive training and certification in first aid and CPR.

“We wanted to show these impressionable young people that nursing is more than giving medications and bed baths, that it also has some very exciting aspects,” Maré said. To view more photos of Camp Scrubs, visit

By | 2020-04-15T14:36:52-04:00 July 12th, 2010|Categories: Regional, West|0 Comments

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