Is a Career in Nursing Right for You?
Over the course of a lifetime, we are faced with a number of difficult decisions—one of which includes choosing a professional career. While the sky is the limit when it comes to settling on a particular vocation, healthcare occupations—such as nursing—have substantially grown in popularity over the past several years. Before pursuing a career in nursing, individuals should evaluate their interests and strengths, and decide if they coincide with the requirements for nursing professionals. Identifying the benefits and drawbacks of being a nurse, learning about different career options, and discovering methods of preparing for transitioning to a nursing career are all important steps for those considering a career in healthcare. In addition, individuals who are interested in learning more about the profession may want to consider interviewing a professional in the field.

What to do in High School
It is never too early to begin preparing for a career in nursing. In fact, most experts agree that individuals who are interested in becoming nurses should begin planning their future as early as during their high school years. Not only passing—but also excelling in math and science-related courses, such as biology, chemistry, and physics—is essential for those who hope to enter a career in healthcare. In addition, students who hope to become future nurses should consider volunteering with local hospitals, attending nursing camps, or visiting public health agencies to increase awareness and gain experience. These practices can significantly improve the chances of gaining acceptance to a high-quality nursing program. In addition, excelling in school and participating in extra-curricular activities may also open up scholarship opportunities, thus decreasing the costs of attending a nursing program after high school.
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