Summer Health Institute for Nursing Exploration and Success

Summer 2024 institute for local high school students set for June 17-28

The Summer Health Institute for Nursing Exploration and Success (SHINES) prepares local high school students or recently graduated adults to make professional and academic decisions about whether nursing is a right fit for them, what nursing pathways suit their needs and how to be successful in their academic aspirations. Sacramento-area high school juniors and seniors, or current community college students, with an interest in nursing or health care are eligible to apply.

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Students learning how to take pulse and vital measurementsThis two-week summer immersive runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday June 17-28, 2024. The program takes place at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the UC Davis Sacramento campus.

Students are exposed to a rich curriculum that provides in-depth insights into the role of nurses, how to navigate academia and how to prepare a professional portfolio. Students receive daily breakfast and lunch and a monetary completion award.

The program employs teaching and learning strategies that include active workshops and hands-on simulations. Students and leaders also engage in cooperative learning opportunities through small group exercises and group mentoring. By introducing students to numerous career options in health care through a broad spectrum of enthusiastic UC Davis Health clinicians and professionals, the program provides guidance and resources to establish a clear and attainable path to a career in health care. Read more about the 2023 SHINES »

A closer look

SHINES includes more than 15 sessions that range from lectures and hands-on workshops to simulation education experiences in our state-of-the-art simulation suites. Topics include:

Summer 2023 institute for local high school students

  • Understanding Nursing Practice and What Nurses Do
  • Service-learning project
  • Writing workshop
  • Health professions simulations
  • Health ethics, inequity and systemic racism
  • Branding yourself for professional success
  • Pathways to nursing
  • Pathways to other health care careers
  • A day in the life of a nursing student
  • Speed mentoring
  • Barbershop Health Talks
  • Resume and cover-letter writing
  • Race and health

Voices of previous SHINES students

“This program gave me lifelong connections and a mentor, and I am forever grateful.”

“I learned how to find a pulse and how to wrap and sprained ankles I also learned how to make a resume and about race in health.”

“I have gained connections with people, as well as a more determined goal to work in a health profession.”

Stipends support students

Each accepted student receives daily breakfast and lunch and a monetary completion award.


Current high school students in their junior or senior years and current community college students in their first or second year are encouraged to apply. These students should be interested in pursuing a nursing or health care career. Additionally, students must live or attend school within Sacramento city limits. Priority registration is available to students who attend our partner schools: Cristo Rey High School, Benjamin Arthur Health Professions High School, and McClatchy High School. 

Students must commit to attend all portions of the program from 9:30 to 3:30 Monday through Friday June 17-28, 2024. Students not able to attend all sessions of the program, or who have attended SHINES in past years, are not eligible.

Apply by April 1 for 2024

Students apply for the program by completing an online questionnaire. All questions must be answered. There is a short answer section with eight free response questions. Students are encouraged to spend some time on their responses so the SHINES team can get to know them and their goals. Applications open March 1, 2024 and close at 11:59 p.m. PDT April 1, 2024.

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