Do you know a Springfield-area high school or junior high student who dreams of becoming a nurse? The Nursing Pipeline Preparatory Program, or NP3, gives young people a head start into nursing careers and provides them with early mentors within the Springfield nursing community. The after-school program is sponsored by St. John’s Hospital, The City of Springfield, and The Land of Lincoln Community Foundation.
Students enter NP3when they are high school freshmen and continue through their senior year. This four-year experience familiarizes them with nursing school coursework, undergraduate college and nursing school admissions processes, test-taking skills, critical thinking and specialty training. The curriculum, developed by faculty and staff from St. John’s College of Nursing includes:
- special lectures
- physical skills-training
- job shadowing
- problem-based learning(PBL)
- laboratory aptitude in the state of the art simulation center
- college-planning seminars- financial aid planning
- supplemental instruction in college-level science, technology, engineering and math courses
- mentoring activities modeled after nursing education programs
Nursing Faculty, Family Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Administrators, and Professional Staff lead the after- school sessions.
The Pipeline is open to Springfield High schools (Lanphier, Southeast, Springfield High), Sacred Heart Griffin, Calvary and Lutheran High School. Participating students are chosen through a competitive process by a committee that includes St. John’s Hospital professionals and District 186 partners, as well as community representatives. Applications must reflect high academic performance and attendance, a high level of motivation and sincere interest in becoming a nurse. The committee also gives consideration to students with a disadvantaged socioeconomic background or the potential to become a first-generation college graduate.