I am 16 and want to be a nurse. What jobs can help me prepare for my career?

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Dear Donna,

I’m 16 years old, and when I graduate from high school I want to be a nurse. What jobs can I do now that will help me prepare for a nursing career?


Dear Donna replies:

Dear Amber,

It’s great that you want to work in a position that will prepare you for a career in nursing. That is a smart thing to do.

For starters, check with your guidance counselor. You may be able to become a certified nurses aide or home health aide. Each state has different requirements for this, and your counselor should be able to help.

At the very least, start volunteering in a hospital or nursing home. Visit the following Web sites for more information about the profession: www.DiscoverNursing.com and www.nsna.org.

Best wishes,


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    Stasia March 27, 2022 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    I’m 16 years old and want to be an RN. I had talked to my counselor about it and she said the only way I can be one is to go to college and get my CNA. I have been researching to find some CNA programs for my age and can’t never find one. Do you know any programs that I can get into?

    • Sallie Jimenez
      Sallie Jimenez April 30, 2022 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      Hello Stasia,

      Without knowing in which state you reside, it’s difficult to be specific, but most state-approved CNA programs require a high school diploma or GED — not college credits or a college degree. There are also some state-approved programs that are run by high schools, which means some high schools allow their students to become trained as CNAs. If your counselor is unaware of such a program at your high school, it probably means that one does not exist there, and you may have to wait until you graduate from high school to attend a CNA program. The NCSBN website may be helpful to you as well as their Nurse Aide Registry, which list registries for each state: https://www.ncsbn.org/Directory_of_Nurse_Aide_Registries_Updated_April_2022.pdf.

      Thank you for your question.

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