Child Development and Parenting

Summer Nurse Camp

About the Program

2018 Nurse Camp attendees

We are committed to recruiting the best nurses, cultivating an inclusive and diverse workforce, and inspiring diverse high school students to pursue a career in nursing.

Every year we offer local high school students the opportunity to participate in our free Nurse Camp at Seattle Children’s. The goal of the program is to provide high school students with a background that is historically underrepresented in the biomedical and health sciences an opportunity to engage in learning activities at Seattle Children’s that introduce them to nursing career pathways.

During this five-day camp, students will gain insight into the world of pediatric nursing by participating in clinical observation sessions. In these sessions, students will shadow nurses in a clinical environment and observe as they provide patient care and interact with patients and families. (Students will not provide patient care.)

Students will also work through interactive hands-on skills labs to learn and practice various nursing skills on models. In addition, students will have the opportunity to engage with an educational panel to ask questions and discuss nursing as a career path.

Past clinical observation sessions have been offered in the following clinical areas:

  • Ambulatory
  • Cancer Care Unit
  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU)
  • Infusion Clinic
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit
  • Medical Unit
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Operating Room (OR)
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Pre/Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
  • Radiology
  • Surgical Unit

See a description of our nursing units.

Hear staff and former RN rsidents talk about the RN Residency Program at Seattle Children's, a one-year program that prepares new nursing graduates for their role as a pediatric nurse.


  • Dates: Monday through Friday, July 17–21, 2023
  • Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Location: Seattle Children’s Hospital Campus, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
  • Provisions: Lunch is provided to campers each day of camp.
    • The program does not provide or arrange housing for students.


  • Students must be entering their junior or senior year of high school in the fall of the camp year and be at least 16 years old.
  • Students must reside in the Puget Sound area.
  • Students must be available for the entire duration of Nurse Camp (five consecutive days).
  • Students must be on time and stay for the duration of each day.

Application Information

Applications for summer 2023 are now closed. Acceptance and waitlist notifications will go out in early May 2023. Applications for summer 2024 will open in mid-February 2024.

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