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What should high schoolers be doing right now in order to get accepting into nursing school?

Hello, I'm an upcoming junior in high school looking to better my chances at attaining a career in #nursing .


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Yvette’s Answer

Hi Tricia,

You made a good choice wanting to go into nursing. According to the American Association of Colleges of nursing: Nursing is the largest health care profession and the federal government predicts that more than 200,000 new Registered Nurses will be needed each year from 2016-2026. Your High School Counselor is a useful resource person to guide you.

To best answer your question:

1) Apply to multiple nursing schools

2)Complete many volunteer hours or get a job in health care such as a Patient Care Assistant (PCT) or Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA).

3) Submit an accurate and complete application

4) Take the TEAS ( Test of Essential Academic Skills). It is a test for students applying for nursing school in the USA.

5) Passed the entrance interview.

I hope this information will be helpful.

Reference: https://www.registerednursing.org/dos-donts-nursing-school-acceptance/

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Estee’s Answer

Take summer classes and study hard. Take CPR classes in your community. Join an organization. Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer. It would look great in your resume and application!

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Suzanne’s Answer

Hi Tricia,

I am a retired registered nurse and would like to answer your question from a nursing perspective:

1. Start working with your high school academic counselor to identify the courses you will need to easily be accepted into nursing school.

2. Take local first aid and CPR classes through your local Red Cross. Keep your CPR current annually.

3. Volunteer with your local Red Cross, hospital, or nursing home (of course, this will depend on progress of COVID19 control).

4. Decide what type of degree you would like to earn prior to sitting for the State Board Exam. (ASN, BSN, MSN, Advanced Practice). This is called selecting your "career path".

5. Make good grades! Apply for all types of financial aid and scholarships! Investigate college loan forgiveness programs.

6. Study a second language. If you plan on staying in California, Spanish is particularly helpful.

7. Make sure that any nursing school you apply to is accredited by the National League of Nursing and other professional agencies.

8. Obtain a student membership to a nationally recognized nursing journal. Start reading now!

There is a lot of information to read in the websites below. Please copy and paste each link into your web browser.

We need nurses, more now than ever. There will be a global shortage in just a few years. It is good, honest, decent work and extraordinarily meaningful. I wish you all the best in your effort to become a registered nurse. By starting this early, I have no doubt that you will succeed!

Sue



https://nursejournal.org/community/10-ways-high-school-students-can-prepare-for-a-nursing-career/

https://www.rn.ca.gov/careers/steps.shtml

https://www.registerednursern.com/high-school-classes-nursing-school/

https://www.allnursingschools.com/how-to-get-into-nursing-school/

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Suddhasattwa’s Answer

Hi Tricia,

Quite a very noble profession you have chosen to pursue.
Also its very high in demand across the country.

Prepare yourself for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Traditional Program.
Focus more and more on you your Life Science subjects, Maths, and English.
Practice a lot of sample free online TEAS (test of essential academic skills), they check on your Reading, Maths, Science and English scores.
Follow the latest ATI/TEAS study guide online. Must visit the ATI Testing weblink I shared below.
The better the score the better is the opportunity however passing score is only 40%.

Its absolutely not difficult i must assure but have a very bright opportunity to travel countries, or serve the army too.

Good luck and work on your dreams.
Cheers, Suddho

Suddhasattwa recommends the following next steps:

www.atitesting.com

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Estee’s Answer

Take summer classes and study hard. Take CPR classes in your community. Join an organization. Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer. It would look great in your resume and application!

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Estelle’s Answer

Suzanne's answer is complete and excellent! I think that making good grades is the first step because that will be your open door to a college and the foundation for nursing school. After the COVID 19 crisis passes, look to volunteering because that will give you the experience to ensure that nursing is your path.
Good luck!

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