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
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