Im a Highschool Junior in need of help

  1. I'm a high school junior and im planning to go to college after high school to get into the field of nursing. I have been looking on line at nursing careers and colleges and classes for different fields i want.

    I have looked a lot into RN classes but I'm not sure if thats where i would start is going into classes for an RN career or if i have to work my way up to an RN.

    If anyone could give me ANY type of advise that would be great.

    Also. what classes would be good for my Senior year?
    i have already take biology, Physics, Algebra, Geometry, (algebra 2 next year).
    then my senior year i have lined up: Human Phys, Algebra 2, chemistry, Human development and family wellness,. ANY THING ELSE??
    Last edit by Sharree1618 on Nov 18, '07
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   sirI
    and to allnurses.com, sharree1618


    so good to have you with us and great to read of your interest in nursing.

    i moved your thread to the nursing career advice forum for a better response.

    hope you enjoy the site.
    Last edit by sirI on Nov 18, '07
  4. by   vashtee
    If you are certain you want to go into nursing, check the prerequisites for the school you want to enter. If you live near a community college, you may be able to earn college credit and high school credit simultaneously. I don't know if the classes you have taken will apply for your college requirements or not.
  5. by   Tweety
    After you graduate you can start with the RN. You don't have to work you're way up there. There will be college level pre-req courses that you're going to have to take to get in, which vary from school to school but usually are courses like Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology and maybe even Englishes and humanities.

    Those courses sound pretty good for you to take in the meantime. Just be sure you take high school biology, chemistry and algerbra and you should be fine. The rest will be helpful as well.

    Good luck to you. Welcome and please feel free to ask any questions you have.
  6. by   AllAmericanGirl7609
    I'm a high school senior interested in pediatric oncology or pediatric psych nursing...I'm currently taking psychology and I took Anatomy and Physiology in my junior year. Basically you probably need to have both Algebra 1 (which you already have down) & 2 (which you will have down next year), but I'm currently going a little further and doing Advanced Math. Latin would also be good because alot of medical terminology is from Latin. You sound like you have a good lineup. Keep it up! Hope this helps!
  7. by   BlueBug
    Some people do "work their way up" because they take little steps. A lot of the time these people need to get to work faster or did not originally plan to become RNs.

    I graduated last May with a BSN, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I went to the local university and attended school for 4 years.

    Locally we have an LPN program at the Vo-Tech, as Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) program at the community college, and the BSN program at the university. Each program takes a little longer than the one before, and the more schooling you have, the more opportunities are avaliable to you. ADNs have more authority than LPNs, and BSNs have the opportunity to go into management. You can also go on and get your Masters or Nurse Practioner easier from a BSN, however I think there are some programs that will bridge an ADN to Masters. If you get your 2year ADN, there are bridge programs to get your BSN, these are sometimes refered to as RN to BSN programs.

    Hope I got it all down right...

    One of my classmates was an LPN for 15 years before going on to get her BSN.

    As far as your high school work goes, just try to get good grades. If you have open electives math or science classes are good. Because my program was 4 years, I had 2 years of general college classes before I applied to the nursing program. Those grades are important. Community service work, Church stuff, volunteer, do things to show you think of others. The programs look beyond just grades and try to find people who are service oriented and think of others. You don't have to volunteer at nursing homes, (it would be good though!) just get out there and be a part of your community.

    Good Luck!!

    ~BlueBug

    Ps. A 4 year program would also allow you time to go to school and explore if you really want to go into nursing.

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