High School Students

Get a head start on your nursing career

Are you passionate about improving the health and well-being of others? Are you a strong math and science student? Do you enjoy working as part of a team? Do you want a career that’s challenging but rewarding?

If you answered “yes” to those questions, a career in nursing might be just what you’re looking for.

What do nurses do?

Registered nurses are health care professionals who diagnose and treat patients. They also work collaboratively with other health care professionals to deliver holistic care. Common responsibilities include:

  • Taking health histories
  • Performing physical exams and diagnostic tests
  • Administering treatments and medications
  • Creating and implementing plans of care
  • Providing health education and counseling
  • Coordinating care
  • Directing and supervising care performed by other health care professionals
  • Engaging in quality improvement

Nurses work in a variety of settings, from hospitals and doctor’s offices to nursing homes and schools. Some nurses specialize in working with specific types of patients, such as burn victims or cancer patients, or in certain settings, such as the emergency department or the intensive care unit. Others focus on public health, educating people about preventive care or how to manage chronic conditions.

No matter where they work or what their specialty is, nurses play an important role in helping people get and stay healthy.

Learn more about what nurses do

The number of job openings for registered nurses is expected to increase by 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Study nursing at Indiana University Fort Wayne

The Indiana University School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. There is no direct admission to the School of Nursing; you must be admitted to IU Fort Wayne as a degree-seeking student and complete prenursing coursework before you apply to the BSN program.

As a student in the BSN program, you’ll prepare for a career as a professional nurse. You’ll take courses in science and math. You’ll learn the fundamental clinical skills of the nursing profession in the school’s state-of-the-art interactive learning facilities. And you’ll get hands-on experience caring for patients with the school’s clinical practice partners.