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what is the best way or programs to start to get the feel of nursing school or nursing in high school?

I'm in high school and I wanna get a feel what PEDS nursing will be like. I also wanna start and get the feel of PEDS.

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Marlena’s Answer

There are programs in some highschools for certified nursing assistant, licensed practical nursing or you can start taking pre-requisite courses as dual credit. There are shadowing programs, volunteering, etc. As well. One thing to remember is nursing schools for licensure are generalist programs, give you a little taste of everything, then you can specialize in pediatrics post licensure with certifications or further education. Nursing school will give you a taste of everything, stay open minded, you may be surprised with what you like or don't. But you can focus on pediatrics after licensure, you do need to learn about other things to provide well rounded ded, high quality, effective nursing care. Nurse pracitioners and clinical nurse specialists can also specialize. Good luck, talk with your school counselors, and start preparing for meeting requirements to enter into your local nursing programs :-)

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Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the info. I have no one in the medical field in my family or I know of. Your info really helped me understand what to do next!! Seriously can't thank you enough.! kymberly
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Raquel’s Answer

Gaining practical experience and firsthand insights into nursing before embarking on your educational journey is a highly recommended approach. This will ensure that nursing is indeed the career path you wish to pursue. There are numerous ways to explore this field. You can connect with local hospitals, doctor's clinics, home healthcare, or hospice agencies, and inquire about their nursing practices. As previously stated, many hospitals offer volunteer programs, and it's often possible to obtain permission to observe nurses during their shifts. This 'shadowing' experience is an invaluable method to truly understand the realities of a nursing career. However, one potential obstacle could be that pediatric nursing involves working with a protected group of patients. Therefore, your access to this area could be significantly restricted based on local laws and regulations.
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