You might not realize it, but preparing for a future career starts in high school (or even earlier). For example, did you know that nurses use algebra when calculating medication dosages? What you learn in high school builds the foundation for your college education and career. If you are considering nursing, take classes now that will prepare you for college later.

In Indiana, you should aim, at a minimum, for 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/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?

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 can be fun and rewarding and may also 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.