Congratulations on reaching out for advice! You are off to a great start for preparing for an exciting and challenging career. I have been an RN for 32 years and love making a difference in people's lives.
Make sure you are on the college track at your high school. Take AP/Honors courses whenever available. In addition to Biology and Chemistry, one needs to have a solid background in Math especially Algebra and decimals. Anatomy and Physiology is a core course for nursing, so if available at your school you definitely want to take it. An alternative would be Zoology. A nurse needs to be able to communicate well both written and orally. Take composition courses and Speech. You will also want to study "soft sciences" such as Psychology and Sociology. Be sure to take some Computer Science courses as you will be expected to have at least intermediate skill level.
Additionally, I would recommend taking First Aid and CPR courses in the community.
Most high school now require Volunteering, so look for opportunities in hospitals, clinics and /or nursing homes.
Work hard to keep your grades up. Nursing school is very competitive as there are not enough programs to meet the demand for nurses. Thank you for allowing me to answer this question and Good Luck in your pursuit of a fulfilling career.
Bo recommends the following next steps:
- Network with nurses. Most everyone knows a nurse or another healthcare professional who can share with a prospective student. Volunteer in the healthcare field. Working in a hospital, nursing home, clinic or community programs. Think like a nurse. Pay attention to what you hear on the news. Search for medical-related articles. Check out online nurse forums
- Plan to take the National League of Nurses Pre Examination in your Senior Year.
- Stay healthy-good nutrition, exercise, sleep, and all recommended vaccinations.