Local RN Volunteers at Casa Colina Land Meets Sea Sports Camp

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Local RN Volunteers at Casa Colina Land Meets Sea Sports Camp

By Working Nurse
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Each August, Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare hosts Land Meets Sea Sports Camp for people with disabilities. Held in Long Beach, the camp offers three days of recreation both in and out of the water for people with varying levels of ability. For example, wheelchair sports include fencing, quad rugby and tennis, to name just a few. 

Working Nurse recently caught up with Diane Renee Norton, RN, who works in the NICU at PIH Health Hospital. Here’s what she said: 

I first got involved when my daughter, Jacqueline Norton, who is a recreation therapist at Casa Colina, told me about the program. Casa Colina Land Meets Sea Sports Camp requires an RN volunteer on the premises, so I offered to be there as a nurse and as an amateur photographer. 

I’ve been volunteering now for three years, and I’ve been a nurse for 28 years. I love being a nurse and it is my passion to help people. I  take photographs of participants as they water ski, jet ski, play wheelchair sports, kayak, paddleboard, outrigger canoe and sail. A lot of the participants recognize me from previous years, and are excited to smile and have their pictures taken while having fun! 

This year, my youngest daughter, Jessica Norton, who is almost 17, also helped out. Volunteering with my two daughters at the Land Meets Sea Sports Camp is the most gratifying thing I have ever done.

This article is from workingnurse.com.

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