The Possibility of a Nursing Career

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The United States healthcare industry remains one of the top careers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports we not only must retain the current healthcare work force but add a substantial number of new ones. Some examples of these types of careers, but are not limited to, physicians, nurses, dentists, physical therapists, pharmacists, and veterinarians. There are a vast number of supportive jobs as well which may include nurses’ aides, dental hygienists, and physical therapy assistants.
For the Wichita Falls community, nursing is one of the predominant professions and is supported by the local colleges and universities as well as the various healthcare organizations. For those interested in a nursing career, you may be asking yourself: How can I prepare for my nursing career while still in high school? What will be the pre-requisites for nursing when I begin college?
“Nursing requires critical thinking skills and a scientific knowledge base, “says Krista Freeman, RN-BC, BSN, a member of the United Regional healthcare team. Freeman recommends during high school take all available classes in science, mathematics, and English including speech, humanities, and computer science. “Every day I use a computer and perform a variety of mathematical calculations and must effectively communicate with whomever I come in contact with,” Freeman reports.
The Midwestern State University (MSU) website provided the nursing pre-requisites: Anatomy and Physiology I&II, Microbiology, Chemistry, Math (3 hours only) Rhetoric and composition I& II, General Psychology, Introduction to sociology, Human Growth & Development), two PE activity courses, Introduction to Computers, Statistics, Humanities, General or Macroeconomics, American history to 1865, American History since 1865, Fine Arts, American Government I& II, and Speech or Voice& Diction.
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