Episode 40: Camp Nurses with Paula Lauer



Ever wonder what your camp nurse actually wants from you? We get the scoop with Paula Lauer, President of The Association of Camp Nursing. She fills us in on everything from time off, to pay rate, and lets us know which little things are going to make your nurse very happy.

What everyone’s listening to:
Patti – Metallica
Paula – The Greatest Showman soundtrack
Curt – Ask Pat 2.0, Pat Flynn

Paula has worked a whole bunch of jobs at camp, her dream position has been camp nurse though, and she’s currently the health care supervisor at Wisconsin Lions Camp.
She gives some awesome advice for camp directors about being on the forefront of insisting that nurses take breaks and take care of themselves, how to support your nurse, compensation perks for your nurse, and how to make your camp nurse feel welcome to participate in programs.

Paula also gives tips for finding a nurse, which demographics you should be looking at, and which partnerships you should be building AND she spills the beans on an exciting secret about The Association of Camp Nursing!!

Lightening Round

What book would you recommend for other camp and or recreation professionals?
The Basics of Camp Nursing by Linda Ebner Erceg & Myra Pravda

What’s a word that has meaning for you professionally?
Dream (both in terms of sleeping and goals)

What’s one piece of advice you have for an emerging camp/ rec professional?
Don’t be afraid to speak up, respect those with more experience and be willing to learn from them

What’s your favourite quote?
Go make a differnece

How to reach Paula
The Association of Camp Nursing


Things we’re grateful for

Paula – New adventures, mixing camp with family time
Curt – Electricity … heat, lights, warm water, etc.
Patti – Kind, encouraging people, specifically Laura! Hi Laura!

Random Questions

Do you tip food servers even if you get bad service? How much do you tip normally? Do you tip others as well, hair stylist, pizza delivery, etc?
Paula – Yes, generously, no matter what.
Patti – Mostly, she also tips at Tim Hortons.
Curt – Yes, unless there’s bad service, then he makes it clear that they’re getting a bad tip on purpose.

If you could invite any famous person over your house for dinner, living or dead, what kind of salad dressing would you have on your salad? Submitted by Jason Brown on the FB Camp Pros group
Curt – Ranch for everyone
Paula – Cesar or vinaigrette
Patti – ALL the dressings

How to reach us

Curt: Summer Camp Pro

Patti: The Camp Nerd

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