Montgomery County summer camp hoping to turn kids into nurses, doctors

( They’re spending all this week at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery, part of the annual health care camp for middle school students.

Wearing paper scrubs and pushing lots of energy, as many as 16 students are getting a first hand look at a variety of different career tracks in nursing. Statewide, there are about 91,000 nurses, that’s below where we should be.

At LewisGale, these kids are getting up close and personal on high-tech mannequins from Radford University’s nursing program.

Nurses and doctors are answering all kinds of questions about what it takes to launch careers in oncology, obstetrics, or working as an ER nurse.

LewisGale is hoping these kinds of unique camps, will entice young people into careers as nurses.

“We recruit students that are rising eighth graders through guidance counselors of area schools,” Registered Nurse Dianne Gully said. “So we try to target rising eighth graders so we can expose them to health care careers and that they can move on and choose their math and science and be prepared to go on.”

The middle school nursing camp is so popular, that starting this coming September, high school students will get the same exposure.

The high school camp is for juniors and seniors. You’ll have to write an essay about why you’re interested in becoming a nurse.

The deadline to apply is August 10.