NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fourteen minority students are getting a close look at nursing school in New Orleans.
The junior and senior high students are participating in the three-day Future Nurses Institute that winds up Wednesday at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Nursing.
The students, from Xavier University Preparatory High School, St. Augustine High School, St. Mary's Academy High School and Warren Easton High School, hear lectures, talk to faculty experts and get hands-on experience in the hospital lab and simulation labs including a birthing simulation.
The nursing school has held a Future Nurses Institute each summer since 2008. A grant to promote nursing to under-represented minorities in the metro New Orleans area paid for the first year, but LSU has covered the costs of those since then.
"It is our goal that the students comprehend the commitment, dedication and serious academic work it takes to be a successful nursing student; along with understanding that the faculty are available to mentor them as students," notes Khaleelah Hasan, the clinical nursing instructor who directs the Institute.