Getting into nursing school is a great accomplishment and there are certain strategies you can take to ensure your transition into the program is as smooth as possible.
Take care of yourself. Make sure you get plenty of rest at night, exercise daily, and drink lots of water. It’s easy to get stressed and forget to about your health when worried about clinicals and exams, but, if you practice a healthy lifestyle, you will be able to better handle the challenges Nursing School will throw at you. Plus, if you want to be a nurse, you should learn to adapt what you learn in nutrition classes to your own health.
2. Be Yourself
Everyone is different, find out your strengths and hone in on them. It will benefit you in your studies and interactions to know yourself and know what works for you. Do you like to study in a group or solo? Do you work better on a team, or do you want more autonomy? Just make sure you do what works for you.
3. Good Study Habits
If you haven’t honed your study habits, you do need to do so now. Do you like to study using flash cards, rewriting materials, or recording yourself reading your notes out loud? Make a solid plan of studying every night and, to retain the information you learned in class, read over assignments before the next meeting.
4. Stay Organized
Good organization skills are essential for Nursing School. Map out a study schedule and stick to it. Learning how to properly manage your time will also ensure that you complete your assignments so you are prepared for each class.
5. Ask Questions
In clinical, always ask questions if you are not familiar with any procedures, and put in plenty of practice time to gain confidence in your abilities. Never feel bad or embarrassed to ask questions or raise your hand in class. The more questions, the better!
6. Find a Mentor
While in your clinical courses, seek advice and mentoring from your professors and instructors. They have been in your shoes before and will appreciate a student who wants to gain all the knowledge they can. Pursuing a mentor can help you land an internship and/or job after your program ends.
7. Gain Experience
During the summer, if you’re not busy taking classes, strive to complete an internship to gain experience. When looking for your first job after graduation, you will need the experience to have a one-up on the competition. As you already know, nursing is a competitive field, and you’ll need all the help you can get to land a job and start paying back those loans.
8. Believe in Yourself
This is vitally important. There will be times when completing the program that you will feel like giving up, and you will be stressed out. However, remind yourself of why you chose this journey and why you want to become a nurse. Never give up.
9. Be the Nurse You Would Want
This is something that is good to remember while you’re learning everything. When the time comes to apply what you’ve learned, focus your skills and knowledge to being the kind of nurse you would want taking care of you.
When thinking of nursing goals, remember this as your golden rule: strive to be the kind of nurse you would want if you were the patient.
Times will get tough. Nursing School is hard. Try to relax and remember it’s okay to take a breather now and then. Learn the best method of decompression for yourself. Whether you want to meditate, read, take a walk, or soak in a bubble bath, figure out your go-to method of relaxation.
11. Remember to Laugh
Always remember to lighten up and laugh a little while you’re in Nursing School. If you mess up, it’s okay. Find the good in every situation or you won’t make it; you’ll probably go crazy.