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Dream Big Be a Nurse Camp





JACKSON (July 6, 2006) - Gear Up Mississippi in partnership with the Mississippi Delta Community College, Mississippi Hospital Association Health Careers Center and the Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce hosted the first annual Dream Big Be a Nurse Camp on June 18th-23rd at Mississippi Delta Community College. The Dream Big Be a Nurse Camp was a six-day summer enrichment program designed to help address future healthcare needs by attracting high school students into the nursing profession. The goal of the camp was to increase students understanding of the nursing profession and their understanding of the educational preparedness required for the profession. It was also designed to boost self confidence in students about attending college and to dispel any misconceptions and fears about college.


Seventeen students throughout the state of Mississippi attended the event including: Kanisha Baker, Greenwood High School; Doris Bonilla, East Marion High School; Tajuana Glass, Ruleville Central High School; Jocelyn Haley, Ruleville Central High School; Whitney Hargrett, Leland High School; Lydia Hill, Columbus High School; Lauren Hurst, East Marion High School; Gabrielle Jones, Wingfield High School; Tashana Minton, Ruleville High School; Brittany Murphy, Columbus High School; Gwenshekia Richardson, Simmons High School; Sarita Robinson, Ruleville Central High School; Brittany Smith, Gentry High School; Chelsie Stevenson, Columbus High School; Shucora Walker, Clarksdale High School; Kiera Weaver, Columbus High School and Jaszmine Willis of Columbus High School.


Each day the students were given the opportunity to hear presentations from individuals of different healthcare professions; such as, nursing, dental hygiene, and other allied health professions. The students were also given an opportunity to job shadow different healthcare professionals from 3 hospitals in the Mississippi Delta. Participating hospitals include: Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenwood Leflore Hospital and South Sunflower County Hospital. The students were also taught CPR and tips on taking the ACT.


Based on the knowledge gained during the week, the students were required to do a group presentation for an audience of their peers and a panel of judges. This experience provided students with an opportunity to expand their knowledge of the vast opportunities in nursing and gain awareness in healthcare fields that might otherwise be unknowledgeable.


For pictures of the camp activities, please click here. If you are interested in learning more about The Dream Big Be a Nurse Camp, please contact Melissa Brewer at (601) 982-3251 or Rosalyn Howard at (601) 954-0759.


CONTACT: Melissa Brewer

                 Communications Coordinator

                 Mississippi Hospital Association

                 Phone: (601) 368-3235


About MHA Health Career Center:

The MHA Health Careers Center was created by the Mississippi Hospital Association in response to the shortages in nursing and allied health careers. These shortages are threatening the delivery of timely and quality healthcare in Mississippi and must be addressed. The Center provides resources for individuals interested in health careers and to hospitals for employee recruitment and retention.

The MHA Health Careers Center is focused on being the primary resource for students, educators, job seekers and healthcare employers interested in health care information and occupations in Mississippi. By forming partnerships with educational institutions, healthcare employers and healthcare professional organizations, we are working to ensure that the medical needs of all Mississippians are cared for by a sufficient number of well-trained professionals.


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