Camp Impacts Career Plans, Bryan College of Health Sciences

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Camp Impacts Career Plans

Brittany Siepelmeier approaches every day with the same attitude: She wants to help. For this 2016 Bachelor of Science in Nursing candidate, it’s a perfect fit. It’s also an attitude that was crystalized when she attended the Bryan College of Health Sciences Health Career Camp years ago.

Health Career Camp allows high school students ages 16 or older to immerse themselves in the roles of health professionals and experience a wide variety of hands-on health care activities. Brittany attended the camp when she was 16.

She left with certainty that nursing was the career for her.

“There were so many hands-on activities (that made me like nursing),” Brittany says. “That’s what I wanted — to be right up front with patients. I wanted to be able to provide more compassionate care.”

“Our biggest goal is to bring awareness about health careers in general and also show what it takes to go into the health care field,” says Kelli Backman, director of admissions at Bryan College of Health Sciences.

“We’re trying to help young people understand what is necessary and what kind of personalities fit with different fields, and the academic rigor that is required.”

After learning about the camp through her school guidance counselor, Brittany applied, in part because of an interest in radiology. One week at Bryan Health Career Camp, however, helped her realize that she truly loved the interaction nurses have on a daily basis.

Students at the camp, which averages about 30 participants each session, experience everything from starting an IV to running an ultrasound. State-of-the-art simulators give attendees the chance to see what it’s like to resuscitate patients and even deliver babies.

“One thing that really stuck out to me was the simulation
lab,” Brittany says. “That’s really what brought me to Bryan. It
was a really cool experience.”

Another valuable part of the camp is job shadowing, which Kelli cites as a favorite among attendees year after year.

“Participants always think it’s really a good experience to be on the floor and to see what happens in the day-to-day life (of a health professional).”

Health Career Camp influenced Brittany’s choice to pursue a nursing degree — and the experience continues to influence her decisions.

“I’m planning on going back to my high school and recommending it,” she says. “Plus, I want to help out with the camp, just because I loved it so much.”

For more information on Bryan College of Health
Sciences Health Career Camp, contact Kelli at 402-481-8698 or

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