Mary E. Mahoney (MEM) Health Career Camp

Eligibility requirements

Greater Richmond area students in grades six, seven and eight who are interested in exploring a career in nursing.

Program description

The MEM Health Career Camp is a five-day summer program where participants explore nursing and other critical-need health care professions. Participants learn life-saving techniques using patient simulation mannequins, a defibrillator machine, and bag valve mask resuscitator.


There will be no MEM Health Career Camp in 2020


VCU Health Campus. 

Contact information

Karen Hill, Ph.D., RNC-MNN., at (804) 827-1702 or 
Theresa Erichsen, RN BSN LCCE FACCE IBCLC, at (804) 628-0249 or

Mary Elizabeth Mahoney was the first African-American nurse in the U.S. and was known for a long and successful career composed of hard work, advocacy and dedication. 

MEM Health Career Camp is a From Jump Rope to Stethoscope (FJR2S) program. FJR2S is a community outreach program offered through the VCU Health System Human Resources’ Office of Workforce Development and Strategy. The goal of this program is to increase the diversity within the health care workforce and to create the VCU Health System workforce of the future.