Being a Nurse at Iroquois Springs

We are a private children’s camp for boys and girls ages 7-16. There are as many as 450 children who come from the Metropolitan New York area and a staff of 225. Most children stay for either three or six week sessions.

Our health center has two wardrooms of 5 beds, isolation rooms, an examination room and staff rooms for the nurses. It is a pleasant, modern, well- equipped facility, which is far superior to that of most camps.

We hire a team of seven medical staff (RN’s, LPN’s) and a full time resident physician (MD) who is on call 24-hours a day. Our nurses rotate through various shifts and assignments. Generally, all nurses who are not on a day off, work during sick call twice daily; the shifts are designed so that at least one nurse is on at all times, but at quiet times, or nights when there are no inpatients who require care, the nurse that is “on” may leave the Health Center and be available if needed at another location (via walkie talkie); medications are given out at mealtimes in the dining room.

Workdays vary significantly. There may be days when the caseload is very light and you are able to spend many hours relaxing at your favorite activity area. There may be others when the caseload is heavy and you may be busy all day long.

You should understand that every summer has periods when the nurses are very busy. Being a camp nurse is not a summer vacation, and you should apply only if you are prepared to work hard when needed.

Our population is comprised of healthy children who from time to time may not feel well on occasion. Colds, coughs, sore throats, poison ivy, sprains, strains, cuts and fractures do occur. Patients with serious ailments/injuries are transported to the local hospital by our camp drivers. It is the little things that keep our medical staff busy…….but that is the way camp is!!!

You would live in the infirmary housing apart from the campers and general staff in private accommodations with a bathroom.

If you have children, they are welcome to be campers. If they are too young for our regular camp program, they can be in our specialized day camp program for pre-camp aged children of our staff. If needed you will have a parent helper at times when your child is not in the day camp program.

The medical staff is very much a part of the overall staff and you would be encouraged to participate in staff and camper activities, and if you desire, use our recreational facilities. There are 6 days of each summer, and the schedule is worked out among the nurses. Uniforms are not required; comfortable camp clothing is suggested.

We hope this outline provides you a better understanding of Iroquois Springs and its medical staff.

If you are interested please contact:
Brian Cohen @ 631-462-2550 or