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Advice from a Student Nurse

Here is some advice to help you be successful in nursing school. It came from the AllNurses Forum. (Thank you Joe N635DC)


1. Never forget why you are doing this. (There will be times you will ask yourself, “What the heck was I thinking?”)

2. Focus each day on what is most important and find balance between nursing school and personal time.

3. Effective studying is paramount! (Set up an area where you can focus free of distractions.)

4. Actually study! (Don’t sit there goofing off and then say you did. It will bite you in the butt when it comes time for tests and clinical performance/evaluations. Also, these are people’s lives at stake.)

5. Don’t take shortcuts. (Like mentioned above… you’re actions can very well mean life or death to a patient!)

6.Prioritize your life. (Be prepared to say no to friends and stand your ground if you have things that really need to be done.)

7.Pace yourself. (You are learning about a fantastically complex device call the human body. It is not nearly possible to try and learn what you need to know the night before the test. Plan ahead, study and keep up with the content and you will be in a much better position to do well.)

8.  Reading ahead a little. (It will help with comprehension and give you a head start in case an emergency comes up.)

9. Set aside ample time for care plans ( Care plans always take at least twice as long as you think they should. Avoid staying up until 2 am because you think it will only take a certain amount of time.)

10. Study in small blocks of time(a few hours) and remember that your brain needs time to process all you just learned. Breaks between study blocks (of time) are absolutely essential (30 minutes to several hours). Find what works for you and stick to that.

11. Flash cards are great! (And I’m talking about the ones you MAKE not the ones you buy! When you write things down it helps commit that knowledge to memory! And it’s a lot cheaper to make your own as well!)

12. Group studying helps. (Bouncing ideas and questions off of each other is a great way to hammer away at learning new content. When it comes to pneumonics and other memory devices, the creativity of a group is much greater than as a single individual.)

13. Don’t give up on yourself. (It’s not over till its over. If you are having a rough semester, stop, evaluate and take action EARLY. Why withdrawl from a semester when you can finish it proper?  The key is to recognize that you have a problem early on and do some damage control to bring it back while you still can. When things start to go bad, knuckle up and finish strong!)

14. Don’t be a problem child. (When making it through nursing school it is best to try and fly under the radar, just blend in. You definitely do not want to be the one student that every professor knows about. News flash, they have faculty meetings and share the progress of the students with the other professors. If you really tick one of them off, pretty soon they are all going to know about it. If you let this become you then every action you take (or fail to take) will be scrutinized (probably overly so) and it may eventually end up in your failing a course.)

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7 Ways to be a Success in Nursing School

I could advise you to study until you fall asleep on your books, and then wake up go to class, and repeat. However, you already know you are going to have to study. Soooo, my advice is:

1. Be on Time  (be early. You often get to see a “softer” side to your instructor each day as they are preparing for class, and it puts a good foot forward for when you start clinicals and they are on your case about everything. It’s pretty easy to be on time (ie 10 minutes early) and let’s face it — you can’t be late…they lock the door.)

2. Stay organized (Get a planner and plan when and where you are going to study. I plan to study in the school library because home last go around was too chaotic especially with house work needing to get done interrupting one’s thinking while studying and different things involving my ADHD kept me from getting the material covered.)

3.Schedule time to sleep! (If you don’t put it on a schedule and stick to it, you’ll never get any. Also at some point, you’ll retain more from sleeping than you’ll learn if you try to study past that point. You’ll figure out that point after a couple weeks into the program.)

4. Get a routine. (Try to create a schedule where you are at your optimal best. Once you get to your first exam results, adjust accordingly. If you give 100% for that first test, you’ll know about how many hours you’ll need to study to succeed/get the grade you want. If that first test grade is lower than the cut off (cut-off is usually around 77%, start praying!)

5. Schedule time for you! (This keeps you sane! I schedule 30 minutes to transition from the happenings of the day to STUDY MINDSET! I also set aside 30 minutes a day for just me , usually my favorite tv show. And finally I factor out 10 minute breaks every hour when studying (and its study an hour, then break for 10… not study for 50 minutes and break) During those 10 minute breaks you can get something to hydrate you, go to the bathroom, reply to text messages, blare your favorite music and party (great stress reliever)!, etc.) <<Sidenote: I say get something to drink during the break b/c if you’re drinking anything other than water, you’ll quickly pack on the lbs. by sipping throughout study time. But sometimes, you just gotta have your coffee!>>

6. Exercise (Get in the habit! It’s great for stress relief, your figure, and your mental health. It releases a natural high that makes you feel good!)

7. Lean on others! (You almost have to do this to stay afloat somtimes. Share notes, study together, compare clinical stories and light-bulb moments. The bond you will create will help carry you through the days when you begin to rethink if its worth all the schooling to be a nurse.)

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