Exploring a Career in Nursing

Nursing Programs

List of all approved nursing schools in WA State from Washington Center of Nursing website:

List of Approved Nursing Programs in WA State


Volunteering at a local hospital is one of the best ways to explore a career in nursing. It will also be a wonderful addition to college and scholarship applications. We encourage you to consider becoming a regular volunteer. Please use the links below to explore the options available.

In Pierce County:

Multicare Health System


CHI Franciscan Health System


In Gray Harbor County:

Grays Harbor Hospital


In Thurston County:

St. Peter Hospital


In Mason County:

Mason General Hospital


In Kitsap County:

CHI Franciscan Health System


In Jefferson County:

Jefferson Healthcare


In Clallam County:

Olympic Medical Center


Forks Community Hospital


Job Shadows

Each hospital has their own policy about job shadows. Most require that you become a volunteer, we encourage all students interested in nursing to ask about participating in a job shadow at the hospital. Spending several hours with a nurse is another wonderful way for you to explore a career in nursing.

Nurse Camp

If you’re a current high school sophomore or junior in Pierce or Kitsap County, we encourage you to check out Multicare’s Nurse Camp. This week long free day camp experience is an amazing opportunity to explore nursing or other healthcare careers. Application for the 2019 Nurse Camp will be available in Jan 7, 2019. To find out more, visit https://www.multicare.org/nurse-camp/

Pierce County Medical Explorers

Medical Explorers is a group of high school students interested in exploring medical careers. Visit Tacoma-Pierce County Health Dept’s Medical Reserve Corp to find out more. The information about Medical Explorers including a downloadable application and FAQ is in the middle of the webpage.

If you have any questions about pursuing a volunteer opportunity or job shadow, we would be happy to provide support with the process. Please feel free to email us at office@piercecountynurses.com

Exploring Specialties

Johnson & Johnson Discover Nursing Website https://www.discovernursing.com/explore-specialties#.Wgidt4WcHI