Prepare for Nursing School

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Have you always dreamed about becoming a nurse? All you need to start is your high school diploma or GED equivalent. You will need good grades in such areas like math, health science, biology, chemistry, and English to qualify you for entry into a nursing program. Being able to speak a language other than English is not a requirement, but is definitely a plus.

A very important part of preparing for nursing school is spending time at a hospital or clinic. Being around nurses, healthcare staff, and doctors will help give you a feel for the environment, and the day-to-day routine. It will also help you determine what type of nurse you want to become.

Make sure you find a mentor in the healthcare field. Your network of healthcare professionals will be able to provide advice, and possibly job opportunities for you.

WHERE COULD YOU WORK?

Healthcare jobs are currently in demand. There are many different healthcare settings that nurses are able to work in. Healthcare settings are classified as clinical or non-clinical – clinical means that you work hands-on treating patients, whereas non-clinical means more behind the scenes processing paperwork, records, or doing research.

WHERE YOU CAN DO CLINICAL WORK:

  • Nursing homes
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Mental health facilities
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Sports medicine clinics

TYPES OF NON-CLINICAL WORK:

  • Billing/coding
  • Human resources administration
  • Admissions Clerk and receptionists
  • Office administration

NON-CLINICAL SETTINGS WHERE YOU CAN DO CLINICAL WORK:

  • Home care settings
  • Athletic clubs and gyms
  • Schools
  • Group homes and communities

Start your rewarding nursing career today! Read more in StudentAdvisor’s Health Care Guide.

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