Health Care Team
Camp Goodtimes could not serve its participants without the trusted care of our talented and professional Medical Team.
On site, the Medical Team is based out of the "Med Shed" - the health care building on site. And, although the camp environment is different from that of a hospital or clinic (think jeans and a t-shirt instead of scrubs), the expertise and professional standards of our Medical Team ensure a high level of care for our participants. Every member functions within their scope of practice.
In order to provide appropriate health care to campers, volunteers and staff, the medical team is available twenty-four hours a day at each program session. Residents, Fellows, Clinical Associates and Oncologists are recruited from British Columbia's Children's Hospital (BCCH) - other physicians are encouraged to apply.
Finally, due to varying health care needs of our camper population, Camp Goodtimes recruits nurses with a variety of professional experiences. All camp participants (including caregivers), volunteers and staff are required to complete a CGT Health Record before attending camp.
Medical Team Applications: Apply Today!
Please contact Jennifer Skillen, Clinical Coordinator at Jennifer.Skillen@bc.cancer.ca or by telephone at 604.675.7142 (Toll free 1.800.663.2524 ext. 7142).
Besides meeting terrific kids and generally having an amazing time, you may be expected to:
- Distribute personal medications, including oral chemotherapy (certified nurses and doctors only)
- Assess and treat common ailments such as colds, gastric issues, etc.
- Assess and treat cancer treatment related issues from chemo, radiation and/or surgery (i.e. anemia, febrile neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, mouth sores, dressing changes etc.)
- Promote healthy living during staff training (i.e. strategies for preventing illness or the spread of communicable diseases)
- Monitor the health and wellness of all camp participants, volunteers and staff - including prevention and early detection of illness
- Provide first aid treatment for minor accidents and injuries
- Respond to major emergencies. Mock emergencies are practiced at each session
- Assist with Camp Community Living activities such as cleaning, laundry, and inventory
- Organize documentation and manage record keeping
- Share in the "on-call" night rotation
Additional Nursing Tasks: (Only Nurses currently certified in a medical institution)
- Flushing central lines
- Central line dressing changes
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - Nurses Only
1. What everyday health issues should I be familiar with?
Nurses should be familiar with:
- Basic over-the-counter medications, indications and contraindications (like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, diphenhydramine, dimenhydrinate, and antihistamines)
- The basics of communicable diseases - prevention and treatment (things like sore throats, ear aches, sore tummies, head lice, diarrhea, chicken pox, public health guidelines)
- The basics of first aid and first response, for typical camp type injuries and emergencies (sprains, scraps, burns, bug bites, ticks)
- The basics of childhood diabetes, seizures, asthma, ADHD
- Developmental considerations for children and adults aged 0-99
- Anaphylaxis prevention, education, recognition and treatment, including the use of Epi-pens and Twinjects
- Sun safety
2. What oncology issues should I be familiar with?
Nurses should be familiar with:
- Common childhood cancer diagnoses: ALL, AML, various Brain Tumours, Hodgkin´s Disease, Non-Hodgkin´s Lymphomas, Ewing's Sarcoma, Osteogenic Sarcoma, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Wilm´s Tumour, Neuroblastoma
- Common oral cancer treatment medications: Purinethol (Mercaptopurine, 6-MP), Thioguanine (6-TG), Methotrexate (Amethopterine, MTX), Septra, Dapsone, Decadron (Dexamethasone), Prednisone, Ondansetron (Zofran)
- Short-term and long-term side-effects of cancer treatment for both the patient and their siblings and parents
- End of life care, and bereavement issues
- Interpreting CBC's ("counts"), especially ANC's (Absolute Neutrophil Count)
- Recognizing and understanding the implications of febrile neutropenia, in the camp setting, and in the off-site camp setting
- Care of central lines (Hickman, Portocath, PICC)
- G-tube/J-tubes care
3. Do I receive a Camp Goodtimes Orientation?
Yes. Nurses are expected to attend a Camp Goodtimes Orientation with our Clinical Coordinator.
You will learn about our Camp Goodtimes’ philosophy, supported programs and emergency procedures. You will review Camp Goodtimes and related Nursing policies and procedures. And, you will discuss ways to organize the "Med Shed".
Medical Team Orientation varies in length, depending on the number of sessions you attend.
Nurse Positions Only:
- Registered with the College of Nurses of British Columbia, or eligible to be registered with a temporary licence (Out of Province Registered Nurse)
- Preference is given to oncology nurses, pediatric nurses, central line certified nurses, and ER nurses