Male Nursing Students at Chamberlain Connect Through Camping


According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s 2010 report, male nurses account for just over 7% of the registered nurses. The Brotherhood of Nursing Students formed at Chamberlain College of Nursing with the aim to foster and empower the future of male nurses by uniting through community service, mentorship and activities. Addison campus student Kevin Cayanan, president of the group, recounts a recent activity with the group of male nursing students:

The Brotherhood of Nursing Students hosted its first camping trip this summer after finals week at Illinois Beach State Park in Zion. We had a great turn out with both Addison and Chicago campus members present. This camping trip gave us an amazing opportunity to learn from one another, build teamwork skills and, overall, have a good time. Upon arrival, we all settled in and took the chance to see Lake Michigan, which was only 10 feet from our site. Setting up the tents did not take long and afterwards hunger set in. The group delegated tasks in preparing, cooking and setting up our area of eating. Needless to say, the food was amazing.

Bags, swimming, card games and bonfire stories were just a few of the activities that were enjoyed. We built stronger friendships and even made new ones sharing what it was like to be a nursing student. The upperclassman mentored the underclassman about certain classes and discussed weak points and ways to improve on them. In the end, it was a technology-free trip that let us relieve stress and enjoy nature. We are looking forward to our next annual trip to share the same, if not better, experiences with future members. What better way to decompress during nursing school than to kick back and roast some s’mores.

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