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Nursing: A Career That Makes a Difference!

The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest….~William Osler

William Osler, who has been called the Father of Modern Medicine, was the first to bring medical students out of the lecture hall for bedside clinical training. Osler’s foresight narrowed the gap between theory and practice and created an environment for effective learning and training.


Hands-on training, now that is what Career and Technical Education (CTE) is all about! Students who participate in CTE classes, and in particular the Health Science Pathways, receive technical instruction in the classroom, experiential education in the laboratory, work-based learning opportunities in clinical settings, and leadership skills through Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA).

According to the Utah State Division of Aging and Adult Services, Utah’s 65-plus population is projected to increase by 165 percent through the year 2030, and its 85-plus population is projected to increase by 123 percent through the year 2030. As a result, qualified health care workers will be needed to assist with the health care needs of this aging population.

Health care professionals are needed more than ever and the field of nursing offers many different career options at a variety of educational and professional levels. Nurses enjoy career stability and a choice of many career opportunities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the U.S., registered nurses (RNs) hold 2.6 million jobs, making registered nursing the largest health care occupation. About 6 out of 10 RN jobs are in hospitals, in inpatient and outpatient departments.

Occupations in nursing include:

> Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

> Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

> Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)

> Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

> Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

> Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

> Nurse Practitioner (NP)

> Registered Nurse (RN)

For information on salary projections, labor market demand, and training options visit UtahFutures.org.

Katherine Easton, CTE Scholarship Recipient

“I have always been intrigued with nursing and participation in [CTE Health Science] courses has not only solidified that interest in pursuing nursing as a career, but has also prepared me well for my future schooling.

I know that the technical knowledge that I have gained through participation in these CTE classes has prepared me to be successful in my educational goals and my life occupational desires. Not only has the training put me on a solid path, it has provided me with a set of highly marketable skills (my CNA certificate). I am very grateful for the [school] counselors who helped me recognize the tremendous benefit of CTE classes and training that would so effectively prepare me for this career pathway.”

Would you describe yourself as observant, methodical, and kind? Are you good at attending to sick people, making decisions, and working as a member of a team? Do you like to study biology, learn about medical devices, and talk to others? If you answered yes, then a career in health care may be perfect for you.

School may be out for the summer, but summer is a great time to participate in a summer camp that offers a health care youth experience. Bridgerland Applied Technology College and the Davis Applied Technology College have summer camps featuring health care experiences with no tuition.

Get started on a pathway to YOUR future by participating in the CTE Health Science Nursing Pathway today!

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