Preparing in High School

Are you considering becoming a nurse? In the future, nurses will be needed more than ever, and you can expect a rewarding, financially stable career with many opportunities for growth.

Choosing your career can be both exciting and daunting, and it helps to be informed.

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How can you prepare in high school?
You might not realize it, but preparing for your future starts in high school (or even earlier). For example, did you know that nurses use algebra daily when figuring medication dosages? The knowledge you learn in high school builds the foundation for your college education and career. If you are considering nursing, you should take classes now that will prepare you for college later. In Indiana, students should aim for, at a minimum, the Core 40 diploma. Coursework should include English/language arts, algebra, geometry, biology and chemistry. Other recommended courses include physics, psychology, speech, foreign language, and anatomy and physiology. Many college advisors recommend higher-level Advanced Placement (AP) classes when possible. Do your best work and aim for good grades. Admission into nursing programs is competitive and grade point average (GPA) matters. Nursing programs are rigorous and organizational techniques improve your performance, so practice effective study and time management skills while you are in high school. College is right around the corner.

What else can you do to prepare?
How about volunteering at a local hospital or extended care facility? Volunteering gives you a behind-the-scenes look at nursing, which can help as you make your career choice. Volunteering is a fun, rewarding activity that may lead to mentoring and scholarship opportunities.

Talk to your guidance counselor, teachers and nurses. Ask questions, and explore all the possibilities of a career in registered nursing.