We would like to acknowledge the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing for their support and funding of this advanced education nursing program, “Promoting Health Access: Online Graduate Programs for Rural Underserved Communities,” D09HP08336-01. For further information, contact: Lori Lauver, PhD, RN, 2411 Park Road, Winfield, PA 17889; e-mail email@example.com.
Kids Into Health Careers: A Rural Initiative
Article first published online: 17 AUG 2010
© 2010 National Rural Health Association
The Journal of Rural Health
Volume 27, Issue 1, pages 114–121, Winter 2011
How to Cite
Lauver, L. S., Swan, B. A., West, M. M., Zukowsky, K., Powell, M., Frisby, T., Neyhard, S. and Marsella, A. (2011), Kids Into Health Careers: A Rural Initiative. The Journal of Rural Health, 27: 114–121. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-0361.2010.00316.x
- Issue published online: 4 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 17 AUG 2010
- kids into health careers;
- nursing shortage;
- recruitment strategies;
Purpose: To describe a project that introduces middle school and high school students living in Pennsylvania's rural geographic regions to nursing careers through outreach extended to students regardless of gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.
Method: The authors employed many strategies to inform students about careers in nursing. The methods included: working with guidance counselors, participating in community health fairs, taking part in school health career fairs, collaborating with Area Health Education Centers, serving on volunteer local education advisory boards, developing a health careers resource guide, and establishing a rural health advisory board.
Findings: Developing developmentally appropriate programs may have the potential to pique interest in nursing careers in children of all ages, preschool through high school. Publicity is needed to alert the community of kids into health care career programs. Timing is essential when planning visits to discuss health care professions opportunities with middle and high school students. It is important to increase the number of high school student contacts during the fall months. Targeting high school seniors is particularly important as they begin the college applications process and determine which school will best meet their educational goals.
Conclusions: Outcome measures to determine the success of health career programs for students in preschool through high school are needed. Evaluation methods will be continued over the coming years to assess effectiveness.