Where is a great place to start towards a career in nursing while I'm still in high school?
I am almost 16, and very dedicated in my work. I need an easy place to get introduced into medicine. Thank you for your time. #medicine
FIVE STEPS TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR YOUR CAREER IN NURSING
STEP 1: PREP FOR COLLEGE – To prepare for the rigorous coursework of a nursing degree program, prospective nurses should take plenty of science and mathematics classes while in high school. By choosing the right classes, you can start to learn subjects like biology, psychology and anatomy and physiology even before you graduate. Many high schools also offer some opportunity to learn more about fields like psychology, the study of human behavior. If advanced placement science courses are available your high school you can enroll in other AP courses together ahead in college. Although not all medical schools and colleges have a mathematics requirement, some schools require statistics or calculus, so high school students should take statistics, pre-calculus or calculus.
STEP 2: TALK TO YOUR SCHOOL NURSE
Even if your goal isn't to become a school nurse, don't neglect this excellent professional resource. Most students have easy access to these professionals during the school day and can ask about their experiences. School nurses can share advice and offer tips on how to avoid common mistakes in nursing education.
STEP 3: VOLUNTEERING – Of course, it’s difficult to find even a non-clinical role in a health care facility if you don’t yet have a high school diploma. Volunteering at a hospital or finding a nurse to shadow can be the first step. These options will allow you to become accustomed to working in health care and possibly even give you the opportunity to get to know some patients and see the patient side of the nurse-patient relationship. Though it won’t replace the required clinical work within a nursing degree program, any hands-on health care experience you gain now can be invaluable. You will get to see for yourself what the daily work of a nurse or other health care provider is like. You can make professional connections and perhaps even find a mentor. The experience you have can even help make your application for nursing school stand out from the rest.
STEP 4: BECOME A HOSA MEMBER – Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) provides an opportunity for future health leaders -- including nurses -- to take advantage of professional and academic resources while still in high school. The group offers events, competitions, scholarships, and plenty of resources to help connect learners with the nursing world while still in high school.
STEP 5: RESEARCH DIFFERENT TYPES OF NURSING CAREERS – Many different nursing degrees exist at various levels, making it important for prospective students to get a clear sense of the path that best serves their needs. Those who are unsure about a lifelong nursing career may pursue a licensed practical nurse qualification or an associate degree in nursing. Others who feel confident in their decision may move directly to a bachelor of science program in nursing. RNs have the option of working in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physician's offices, prisons, from home, as a traveling nurse in hospitals across the country, and in many other specialty roles.
Dakota, It takes a good deal of time and effort to become a registered nurse, but high school students who are serious about their career goals can take steps now to achieve success. Taking and earning high grades in the right classes and programs during high school and devoting time outside of school to forging a path into the health care industry can help you make your dreams of becoming a nurse a reality.
Hope this was Helpful Dakota
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This is such wonderful news that you are interested in this wonderful career. I am a retired nurse and would like to answer from a professional perspective. Here we go:
1. Take a look at the types of nursing degrees that might be of interest to you. You can start by attending a community college that has a nursing program OR attend a university that offers bachelor's degrees in nursing. Either way, you will need to take some basic classes in high school that will allow you to easily apply to either type of program. You will need science, math, humanities, and language core classes in high school. Here is some helpful information: https://www.ic4n.org/become-a-nurse/preparation-for-nursing-school/
2. Volunteer: check your local hospitals and Red Cross for volunteer experiences available to high school students. If you personally know a nurse, ask if they are willing to mentor you through this process. Here are a couple of good references for volunteering in your area: https://www.gphealth.org/about-us/volunteer/ https://www.redcross.org/local/nebraska.html
3. Learn CPR and basic first aid: this will really be an advantage!! Even if this costs a bit and requires extra-curricular time and effort, it will be a great addition to your skill set and wonderful for your resume. https://www.ci.north-platte.ne.us/recreation/healthy-living/certification-training/
4. Start working with your high school counselor and parents early in order to seek out the best RN education. If you can, go to the college in the summer before your senior year. Find out about the application requirements, costs, scholarships etc. Make sure you are on track with all required high school classes. You will be fully ready to apply for college in the fall of your senior year of high school. Needless to say, try to keep your GPA as high as possible.
These are only a few suggestions but I am hoping that you copy and paste the links and find more information. The COVID19 pandemic has caused big disruptions in our healthcare system. I am hoping that our country will find resolution and success in dealing with the multiple crisis within the upcoming months. You have ample time to prepare for nursing school. In the end, I do recommend that you pursue a 4 year, bachelor's degree in nursing as this degree with allow you many more career opportunities.
Let me know if you would like further information!
What a great profession you are interested in. My sister is a nurse and loves it. One thing she did in high school is reach out to shadow a nurse for a day. At first, she was able to shadow a nurse in the school system and at the summer camp for a few hours. That lead her to be able to shadow a nurse at the local hospital for a few hours. She was able to see first-hand what it was like working as a nurse and helped her realize it was not all what it makes out to be on TV!
Otherwise, all the other advice above is really good and I think you should look into all of their suggestions! Good luck!