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"Oh look at that, that was so good," said Sandra Mordhorst, regarding her students taking vital signs.

Hands on experience that's what these students are getting at the jackrabbits nurse camp.

"It's definitely a hands on program that they can use to develop their skills,"said Mordhorst.

 Students are given the opportunity to interact with nurses as well as each other in an environment devoted to learning.

"I thought this was a good introduction and I thought that I could learn from it," said Olivia Goodrich.

"I originally wanted to do it because I thought it would be a good opportunity to explore my options in a medical profession," said Briana Marrs.

With a nation wide nurse shortage in the U.S., programs like this one are aimed at getting students interested in nursing, as well as showing them first hand what exactly nurses do.

"The goal of the Jackrabbits Nurse Camp is to decrease the shortage of nursing and to give the students the opportunity to learn about the profession,"said Mordhorst.

Although there is a nurse shortage things could be looking up. According to the U.S. Bureau of labor statistics, the number of nurses is expected to increase 26% by the year 2020, something programs like this are helping with.

"By stimulating that interest and that desire early in the middle school and high school areas. Then it helps students that would actually take courses and be gearing them towards attending a college and receiving their degree towards nursing,"said Mordhorst.

And it sounds like the program has already inspired a few.

"This camp has definitely inspired me to consider nursing as a career more than anything else," said Mars.

As well as leaving those who have inspired them feeling pretty good.

"It's very rewarding for us to see those students progress from this type of a camp to actually becoming a nurse,"said Mordhorst.

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