Thank you to the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia for permission to adapt their case study.
Marlene is excited at the opportunity to volunteer as the nurse at a community youth camp. She'll be the only nurse at this week-long camp. Because she’s never done this before, Marlene wonders if her 15 years of acute care experience on a medical ward has given her the needed competence. Marlene asks the camp organizers for the nurse’s role description and a list of the available resources and supports. She requests examples of situations she may encounter. With the camp located at a lake just outside of city limits, accessing advanced services should be quick and easy. She's wondering what else she should know before going into this role.
Generally, practising in a non-health care setting like a camp means you work autonomously and often without other health-care providers at your work site. In addition, you may not have the resources and supports you’re used to having when working in a health-care organization.
Marlene needs to be aware that, regardless of the practice setting or the volunteer nature of this camp role, she’s accountable to practise in accordance with the Practice Standards for Regulated Members, and within all relevant legislation and regulations.
Marlene should review the camp nurse role expectations, relevant policies and protocols with the organization, and discuss any questions or concerns.