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What can I be doing now, while in high school, to prepare for a major in nursing?

I have taken all the health science courses my school offers, and I'm signed up for CNA next year. I'm also in HOSA. What else can I do? #registered-nurses #nurse-practitioner #hospital-and-health-care #medicine

I would recommend taking AP classes for biology, microbiology, chemistry, or psychology since these AP courses would be credited towards college credits. I think you're on the right track in having the experience of working as a CNA. This will help you be familiar in working in the hospital unit. When you work as a CNA, try to see what the nurses do , ask questions, and perhaps ask if you can follow them if you're not busy. This way you can have a head start with knowing what nurses are doing and this will help you understand the process of what nurses do in the clinical area when you get into a nursing program. Angela Redito Ichinose

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Jenny’s Answer

Consider obtaining a CNA or EMT-B license and working in a hospital.

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Angela’s Answer

Sounds like you are doing a great job preparing! The only thing I would suggest is once you get your CNA see if you can float to different units. That way you can see which specialty you like and don’t like. Good luck.

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Hi Hannah. Great question. I think it’s vital to have a good understanding of a vocation before you dive into it. I think all of the steps you’ve done are great -especially working as a CNA. IMO, working as a nursing assistant is one of the best ways to prepare for your career as a Nurse. I worked as a nursing assistant before school and it was invaluable in my first rotation. Why? 1) it teaches you valuable time management skills - unlike other jobs there will be no one always looking over your shoulder, you’ll be given responsibilities and it’ll be up to you get them done. 2) It teaches you interaction with patients and helps you develop you clinical gestalt, 3) You’ll learn skills that you’ll get taught on the five weeks of Nursing clinicals, so you’ll be ahead of the curve.

Other things I’d recommend I’ve listed below.