With national projections indicating the need for more RNs to meet the health care workforce demands, innovative strategies to recruit high school students into the profession of nursing must be utilized. This article describes an innovative strategy aimed at high school students through a Summer Institute of Nursing—a 5-day, 4-night, college-based experience—designed to allow them the opportunity to explore the profession of nursing. Through skills laboratories, service projects, and health care site visits, students were able to experience the profession of nursing hands on. Based on the research conducted through pre- and post-surveys, the high school students experienced a significant change in their likelihood of pursuing a career in nursing after completing the Institute (p < 0.001). The format of the Summer Institute of Nursing represents an innovative strategy to recruit high school students into the profession of nursing. [J Nurs Educ. 2013;52(12):701–704.]
Ms. Myers is Assistant Professor of Nursing, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota.
This project was supported by a Research, Scholarship and Creativity Grant, Gustavus Adolphus College. The author thanks co-faculty of the Summer Institute, including Heidi Meyer, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Gustavus Adolphus College, and Wendy Foley, Southern Minnesota Area Health Education Center. The author also thanks the nursing student counselors who participated in the Institute and research projects: Sarah Strand, Alyssa Gaulrapp, Alexa Potts, and Emily Batchelder.
The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.
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