Information for High School Students

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What is a Registered Nurse?
Registered Nurses (commonly abbreviated RN) are professionals, licensed by the state in which they work. They work as active members of the health care team. They provide and manage care for patients and their families. They work with healthy individuals to educate them about wellness and disease prevention. They work with people of all ages promoting physical, mental, and social well-being.

RNs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, home care settings, public health, extended care facilities, clinics, offices, schools, the military, in business and industry, hospice and wellness centers. Nurses have enormous flexibility related to where they work and what specialty they choose to work in. They work a variety of shifts including nights, evenings and days and often are required to work some weekend shifts. Some nurses work as travelers accepting assignments for a 13-week period, getting to see the world as they earn a living!

If you're ready for a challenging but rewarding career, consider nursing!

With the nursing shortage and the increasing demand for nurses, this may the career for you! Let's examine some of the qualities needed to be a good nurse.

  1. It's important to have a sense of compassion and desire to help others.

  2. You should like to teach people and share information with others.

  3. You must be able to work well with others and enjoy being around people.

  4. You should possess good decision making/problem solving skills.

  5. You should desire variety in career opportunities.

  6. You should enjoy learning and analyzing things.

  7. You must be dependable and have good verbal and written communication skills.

  8. You should enjoy health, science, and math classes.

  9. You should have an interest in learning about the human body and how it works.