PEORIA, Ill. -- Take a good look these high school students. One of them could be your nurse someday. "The demand for nurses is definitely growing," said Richole Ogburn, recruitment coordinator at Methodist College. "I think in the next couple of years, we'll see a boom for that. We've got a lot of nurses that are getting ready to retire. And so, it's probably going to increase in the next 5 years, especially in our area."
The students took part in Wednesday's "Nurse for a Day" program at Methodist College.
The College teamed up with the local P.E.R.F.E.C.T. Education Employment office to introduce high school students to nursing faculty members.
Participants also got hands-on experience practicing health assessments and learning about the field.
"It's encouraging me to be a nurse even more, just to see how they deal with the patients and diagnosing patients and stuff like that," said Gabi Alwan, a local high school senior.
Methodist College is currently taking applications for the fall semester. Applications are due April 15, 2013.
There will also be a spring open house on Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 a.m. until noon.
For more information, visit www.methodistcol.edu.