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Nurse Academy

Created with a vision to explore the future of nursing, KU's Nurse Academy introduces students to the many career paths available through nursing.

Nurse Academy is a two-day program that introduces high school students and college freshmen to the profession of nursing through hands-on experiences and presentations.

Nurse Academy 2021

We are excited to announce that Nurse Academy has been rescheduled for July 27 and 28, 2021.

This year’s Nurse Academy will be held either in-person or virtually depending on the coronavirus safety practices in place at the time. We will update the website when the format for the Nurse Academy is finalized.

Our Vision and History

The vision for Nurse Academy came after a brainstorming session with our Recruitment and Retention Committee on ways we could help end the nursing shortage. The goal of Nurse Academy is to show high school students how rewarding and exciting nursing can be for them.

  • We want to reach students when they are still forming their high school or college GPA and deciding on a career path.
  • We want students to know that nursing holds many options in chosen specialties, shifts, portability and career mobility.
  • We want students to know that they need to work hard in high school to get into a nursing program, and that there are many college programs for nursing.
  • We want students to know that nursing has changed for the better in many ways, including salary.

We began to imagine a setting where high school students could come and both learn about what it is that nurses do and also see nurses in action. Students hear lectures from accomplished nurses and participate in a skills lab, learning skills like starting an IV, suturing and performing CPR. In addition, students tour The University of Kansas Health System facilities, including trauma services, the newborn nursery, some of the ICUs, the heart hospital, medical/surgical units and the operating room.

The Nurse Academy's closing ceremony celebrates all that our students have learned. Comments from our students included:

  • “I learned more about what it will take to be a nurse and what I should focus on in school to have a career in the medical field.”
  • “I learned more about the responsibilities of a nurse and how much fun it can be.”
  • “I’ve gained a greater knowledge of the overall job of nurses.”
  • “I learned that there are a lot of different areas in nursing. You can take so many different avenues. You can always do something different.”

Frequently Asked Questions

How many students can attend Nurse Academy?
Nurse Academy accepts between 45 and 50 students each year.

What is the application/registration process?
The application process is similar to applying to a school of nursing. An essay and letters of reference are required. Registration forms are included in the application packet. Applicants must submit the required documents by the deadline in order to be considered for the program.

Who leads Nurse Academy?
Nurses from The University of Kansas Health System and KU School of Nursing faculty lead the program.

What types of nursing will participants learn about?

Participants will learn about the following areas of nursing:

Burn nursing
Emergency department
Infection control
Labor and delivery
Medical surgical
Neonatal intensive care
Operating room

What are some of the hands-on experiences?

Assessment skills
Emptying drains
Hand washing
Making an occupied bed
Starting an IV
Transferring from a bed to a wheelchair
Using crutches
Vital signs
Wound care
Wrapping an ankle

Can I attend Nurse Academy more than once?
Due to the limited number of participants accepted each year, students can only attend one time.

Do I have to attend both days?
Yes, participants must commit to attending both days. There is a waiting list of interested participants so attending only one day would take away their opportunity to attend both days.

Can I take pictures with my camera at Nurse Academy?
Due to privacy laws, you may not take pictures with your own camera. Nurse Academy faculty will be taking pictures throughout the program and will provide access to the pictures to participants.

Still have questions?
Please email

KU School of Nursing

KU School of Nursing
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mail Stop 2029
Kansas City, KS 66160
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