High school students considering careers in nursing frequently turn to their family physicians for advice. Specifically, they want to know about differences in the various types of educational programs in nursing, admission requirements, costs, and sources of scholarship or loan funds. This communication presents an overview of career information helpful to physicians and others frequently asked to advise young people in making decisions about careers in nursing.
A previous report of the AMA Committee on Nursing1 pointed out that there is considerable diversification in nursing education programs. Certain events have occurred since publication of that report which will in all probability affect the future of nursing. Some changes have already occurred as a result of the report of the Surgeon General's Consultant Group on Nursing, Toward Quality in Nursing—Needs and Goals.2
Significant recommendations made by that consultant group will, in time, influence the quality of nursing care and