Growing Our Own: High School Students

growing our own via high school students

Designed for: Students, School Nurses, Teachers and staff, Guidance/Career Counselors, and Collegiate Preparation Programs

High School Students Preparing for Entry into Nursing School

 Resources for High School Guidance/Career Counselors

  • Early preparation coursework:
    • English 4 years
    • Math 3 – 4 years (includes algebra & geometry)
    • Science 2 – 4 years (includes biology, chemistry, physics)
    • Social Studies 3 – 4 years
    • Foreign Language 2 years
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  • Encourage involvement in clubs (math, science, pre-nursing, health professions)
  • Johnson and Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future
  • Pathways to become a Registered Nurse
    • Get your Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) – takes 2 years full-time at a community college
    • Get your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) takes 4 years at a university/college public or private
    • Go through an Accelerated Degree Nursing program. Eligible with a 4 year degree in another field of study –takes 1 year – 1 1/2 years.
    • Get your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – takes 2 years beyond BSN. Qualifies you as a nurse educator/leader/manager.
    • Go through the Military via the ROTC program

Utilize College Preparation Programs

Attend Career Days/Career Camps

Job Shadow Opportunities

Job shadow opportunities

Volunteering Opportunities

(Students must be prepared to sign confidentiality forms to protect patient’s information.)

  • Hospitals
  • Long-term Care/Assisted Living Facilities/Adult Day Services
  • Community settings e.g., Red Cross, Salvation Army, VA, Open Door Mission
  • Health Fairs

Nurses Reaching Out to Students